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Issa Introduces Bill To Protect Nursing Home Care For Disabled Veterans

Press Release
Jul 11, 2017

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) today introduced legislation to preserve nursing home care for thousands of disabled veterans nationwide. Without reauthorization, a Department of Veterans Affairs program which provides coverage for nursing home care to veterans with a 70-percent or higher disability rating will expire at the end of this year on December 31, 2017.
 
The bill, titled “Keeping our Commitment to Disabled Veterans Act” (H.R. 3177) extends the existing authority to ensure veterans continue receiving the care they need. According to estimates provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, 2,060 veterans statewide in California will be affected if the program is not renewed.
 
“Our veterans have given so much serve our country, at the very least, we owe it to them that we ensure they are well taken care of,” said Congressman Darrell Issa. “Nursing home care has been a critical lifeline for many of our disabled veterans throughout our state. I’m proud to help shepherd this important extension to keep the commitments we’ve made to our nation’s heroes.”
 
The bill is a companion to the Senate version of the legislation introduced in March by Senators Collins (R-Maine) and Hirono (D-Hawaii).
 
The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 35,000 veterans nationwide received care through this authority in the fiscal year 2016. The Keeping Our Commitment to Disabled Veterans Act (S. 683) was introduced with the support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the National Association of State Veterans Homes (NASVH).

Text of the legislation can be viewed here.

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