Summary

4/10/2014--Introduced.Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2014 - Expands eligibility for the family caregiver program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include members of... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Apr 10, 2014, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Apr 10, 2014

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Bill Text

A BILL

To expand eligibility for the program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to expand benefits available to participants under such program, to enhance special compensation for members of the uniformed services who require assistance in everyday life, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2014''.

SEC. 2. EXPANSION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION IN AND SERVICES PROVIDED UNDER FAMILY CAREGIVER PROGRAM OF DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

(a) Family Caregiver Program.-- (1) Expansion of eligibility.--Subsection (a)(2)(B) of section 1720G of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking ``on or after September 11, 2001''. (2) Clarification of eligibility for illness.--Such subsection is further amended by inserting ``or illness'' after ``serious injury''. (3) Expansion of needed services in eligibility criteria.-- Subsection (a)(2)(C) of such section is amended-- (A) in clause (ii), by striking ``; or'' and inserting a semicolon; (B) by redesignating clause (iii) as clause (iv); and (C) by inserting after clause (ii) the following new clause (iii): ``(iii) a need for regular or extensive instruction or supervision in completing two or more instrumental activities of daily living; or''. (4) Expansion of services provided.--Subsection (a)(3)(A)(ii) of such section is amended-- (A) in subclause (IV), by striking ``; and'' and inserting a semicolon; (B) in subclause (V), by striking the...

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Dear Senator Murray, On behalf of the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), we are writing to express our support for your bill, S. 2243, The Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act, which would expand the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers. The VA’s comprehensive assistance program provides much needed financial as well as health care support to family members caring for severely wounded Veterans. Oftentimes, care for wounded or ill Veterans may be labor-intensive or extremely burdensome depending on the number and severity of wounds, injuries, or illnesses. These caregivers often provide care continuously, day and night, for they are sometimes the only available, knowledgeable, or trusted person to provide such assistance. A recently published report found that 17 percent of civilian caregivers spent more than 40 hours a week providing care while eight percent spent more than 80 hours per week providing care. Post-9/11 caregiver duties can be estimated as worth close to $3 billion (in 2011 dollars) while the costs of lost productivity among post-9/11 caregivers are $5.9 billion (in 2011 dollars). S. 2243 would expand the VA’s comprehensive assistance program in several ways. First, it would expand benefits available to participants under the program, while also expanding eligibility so that more civilian caregivers would be eligible for benefits. In addition, the bill would enhance special compensation for members of the uniformed services who require assistance in everyday life. Thank you for your initiative in introducing legislation which seeks to help our military community through improved comprehensive assistance and support for caregivers taking care of our nation’s Veterans. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 703-548-5800.

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The National Respite Coalition endorses S 2243 including the five year authorization of the Lifespan Respite Care Program.

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To expand eligibility for the program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to expand benefits available to participants under such program, to enhance special compensation for members of the uniformed services who require assistance in everyday life, and for other purposes. The struggle to care for veterans who have been grievously wounded in the defense of this nation takes a terrible toll on their families. In recognition of this, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 in May of that year. However the toll of war does not discriminate between periods of service. The families of veterans of Vietnam and other battles suffer no less than veterans of the Post 9-11 era. The American Legion does not distinguish between periods of service. Simply put a veteran is a veteran is a veteran, and all veterans are entitled to receive the same level of benefits[26]. This legislation would remove a restriction limiting the benefits to the families of veterans “on or after September 11, 2001” as well as adding additional enhancements to the Caregiver program. The American Legion urges Congress to act to restore consistency and equitability to veterans’ support programs and care for the families of our nation’s critically wounded veterans. The American Legion supports this legislation. http://www.legion.org/legislative/testimony/223083/pending-legislation

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I support The Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act because... they protected our country and we owe it to our veterans to provide them with the BEST health care!!

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StratoCruiser
NC-6
9 months ago

I support S. 2243: Military andVeteran Caregiver Services ImprovementAct of 2014 because...I am constituent, a taxpayer, and an avid voter and I keep track of how my "representatives" vote on all issues.

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10 months ago

I support S. 2243 ("A bill to expand eligibility for the program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers of") because it is important we take care of our disabled veterans.

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kmillikan
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10 months ago

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Bill Summary

4/10/2014--Introduced.Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2014 - Expands eligibility for the family caregiver program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include members of the Armed Forces or veterans who are seriously injured or who became ill on active duty prior to September 11, 2001 (currently, limited to service after September 11, 2001). Expands services to caregivers of veterans under such program to include child care services, financial planning services, and legal services. Authorizes the transfer of entitlement to post 9/11 education assistance to family members by veterans who are retired for a physical disability or who are seriously injured veterans in need of family caregiver services, without regard to length-of-service requirements. Authorizes the VA Secretary to pay monthly special compensation to seriously injured or ill veterans in need of personal care services and to their caregivers. Excludes from gross income, for income tax purposes, such compensation paid to injured or ill veterans. Authorizes flexible work schedules or telework for federal employees who are caregivers of veterans. Amends the Public Health Service Act to designate a veteran participating in the program of comprehensive assistance for family caregivers as an adult with a special need for purposes of the lifespan respite care program. Establishes in the executive branch an interagency working group to review and report on policies relating to the caregivers of veterans and members of the Armed Forces. Directs the Secretary to provide for studies on members of the Armed Forces who commenced service after September 11, 2001, and veterans who have incurred a serious injury or illness, including a mental health injury, and their caregivers.

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