LeadingAge Comments on VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC)

Regulation | December 14, 2018 | by Eram Abbasi

LeadingAge has submitted comments on the Veterans Affairs (VA) Family Caregivers program, and impact changes to the program’s regulations.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) had issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit feedback from stakeholders on how to implement changes for the “Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC).” The VA has been administering the PCAFC since May 2011. The PCAFC offers services and supports for family caregivers of eligible veterans injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. The services include a financial stipend, access to health insurance, counseling, caregiver training and respite care.

The VA MISSION Act, signed into law on June 6, 2018, expands the PCAFC in phases, by extending eligibility to 1) family caregivers of those who served before September 11, 2001, 2) adding a new pathway to eligibility among veterans who may need services and 3) including new benefits for eligible families. In the RFI, VA was seeking public comments on how to implement the second and third changes listed above.