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

Breier named new CEO at Kindred

Breier named new CEO at Kindred

Kindred Healthcare announced Thursday that it has chosen a new top executive to lead its push toward creating a mammoth national brand. Benjamin A. Breier, the company's current president and ...

Proposed managed care rule could accelerate shift away from nursing home care, official suggests

Proposed managed care rule could accelerate shift away ...

Proposed regulations slated for early 2015 likely will affect how Medicaid managed care balances home- versus facility-based long-term care, news sources reported Wednesday.

Assisted living residents say 'homelike' setting not so important

Contrary to conventional wisdom, assisted living residents might not place a high value on how "homelike" their surroundings are, suggest findings out of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.