Veterans Home Adult Day Services Bill Introduced

Legislation | February 14, 2017 | by Peter Notarstefano

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the S. 324 ''State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act of 2017."  Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), along with Democrat Co-Lead Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D-NY), re-introduced the House version of this bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1005). If signed into law, this bill would allow state veterans homes to enter into agreements with the Veteran Affairs to provide adult day health care. 

The bill would assist the state's veterans homes in providing adult day health care to the most fragile and deserving of our veterans, specifically those with 70% or higher service-connected disabilities. The bill would provide these services to the service-connected veterans at no cost. The bill would also allow qualifying veterans who would normally live at a veteran's home full-time, to be able to receive medical model care up to 8 hours a day, and return to live at home with their families.

Currently, there are adult day health programs in state veterans homes in Minnesota, New York, and Utah. The legislation was referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Senator Hatch had introduced a similar bill in the last Congress that had 28 co-sponsors.