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Senior Living, Veterans Organizations, And Healthcare Coalition To Advocate For Assisted Living Pilot

Senior Living, Healthcare Coalition, and Veterans Organizations are advocating for the assisted living pilot program to serve the veterans.

December 18, 2023

In a letter to House and Senate Leadership, A coalition of senior living, healthcare, and veteran organizations provided their continued support for an assisted living pilot program meant to serve veterans.

Several senior housing organizations, including the American Seniors Housing Association, Argentum, LeadingAge, and the National Center for Assisted Living, have endorsed the Expanding Veterans’ Options for Long-Term Care Act. This legislation proposes a three-year pilot program that would allow certain veterans to receive their care services in an assisted living community instead of a Veterans Affairs home.

The associations gave their support to the bill which was reintroduced earlier this year. A hearing was held this summer by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs regarding the bill which also had the support of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VA expressed that having the ability to offer assisted living services would enable them to place veterans requiring such care but who do not meet the criteria for nursing home care. However, a VA representative testified that the agency would require additional time and resources to effectively implement the program.

The letter read, “It provides VA the critical flexibility to address the needs of a rapidly growing population of aging or disabled veterans who are not able to live at home, and future cost savings will help more veterans receive the assistance they need. The timing is right for such action given what we know about aging and the increasing demand for supportive services.”

The number of veterans eligible for nursing home care will increase to 535% in the next 20 years. Assisted living also offers savings for the ones who do not require a high level of medical care.

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