Veterans Home Adult Day Services Bill Passes House and Senate

Legislation | November 12, 2017 | by Peter Notarstefano

The State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act of 2017 passed the House and Senate. 

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), along with Democrat Co-Lead Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D-NY), bipartisan legislation H.R. 1005 was passed unanimously by voice vote in the House; and the  related Senate bill introduced by Senator Hatch S. 324 ''State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act of 2017." passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support.

  • This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into an agreement or a contract with each state home to pay for medical supervision model adult day health care for a veteran for whom the home is not receiving VA nursing home care payments. The veteran must need such care either specifically for a service-connected disability, or, if not specifically for one, the veteran must have a service-connected disability rated 70% or more.
  • Payment under each agreement or contract between the VA and a state home must equal 65% of the payment that the VA would otherwise pay to the state home if the veteran were receiving nursing home 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.
  • The bill would also help expand the program, which could be offered at any of the 153 State Veterans Homes (SVH) across the country.

"Medical supervision model adult day health care" means adult day health care that includes the coordination of physician services, dental services, the administration of drugs, and such other requirements as the VA may determine.  Adult Day Health Care is currently only offered at three facilities in the United States; one being the Long Island State Veterans Home, Currently, there are adult day health programs in state veterans homes in Minnesota, New York, and Utah.