Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT) introduced The Veterans Residential Care Choice Act (H.R. 4985) a bill that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay for eligible veterans to live at residential care facilities such as assisted living facilities licensed or certified by the state if the cost of care is lower than it would be at other care sites including VA hospitals, nursing care or community nursing home facilities. Currently, VA may help veterans find a residential care facility to live in, but veterans and their families have to pay for it.
The bill would also require any facility receiving VA payments to enter into an agreement with VA to ensure the facilities are adequate to serve the needs of veterans.
DAV Resolution 372 calls on Congress to expand the types of long-term care services and supports VA provides to veterans with service-related disabilities. DAV believes H.R. 4985 would add to the continuum of service options available to meet the long-term care needs of eligible veterans and therefore supports this legislation.