Senate bill requires strategic plan for veterans' long-term care

Share this article:

The Senate this week passed a bill that affects long-term care for veterans.

The Veterans Health Care Act of 2005 requires the secretary of the Veterans Administration to establish a strategic plan for long-term care. It also requires the VA to expand mental health services in community-based outpatient clinics and increases total funding for VA's programs to assist homeless veterans to $130 million.

Sponsored by Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), the bill is valued at approximately $193 million in 2006, and an estimated $1.2 billion over five years. The bill has been sent to the House for its approval.

Share this article:

More in News

Large hepatitis outbreak reaches 47 cases, podiatry company denies ManorCare's charges

The number of people infected in an infamous North Dakota Hepatitis C outbreak has risen, state health officials say.

National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill to standardize post-acute assessments

National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill ...

The National Quality Forum has come out in strong support of a proposed standardized quality measures, such as skin integrity, across different types of post-acute care settings. Uniform assessments are ...

CMS changes mind on hospice drugs

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services has revised guidance on authorization of hospice drugs for those under Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, according to a new memo.