Mon March 23rd, 2020
Sponsor: Rep. Clay Higgins — R — LA
Authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay for up to 900 veterans with severe service-connected disabilities to live in medical foster homes. A medical foster home—an alternative to a nursing home—is a private home in which a trained caregiver provides services to a few people. That authority would take effect at the start of fiscal year 2021 and would expire after three years. VA currently inspects and approves medical foster homes to care for veterans. The department provides case management and home-based health care to veterans in those homes. Those veterans pay for their room and board. H.R. 1527 authorizes VA to pay for those living expenses as well.
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