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H.R. 2116 (eh) To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a program of extended care services for veterans and to make other improvements in health care programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs. [Engrossed in House] ...
In the Senate of the United States, November 5, 1999. Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 2116) entitled ``An Act to amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a program of extended care services for veterans and to make other improvements in health care programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.'', do pass with the following AMENDMENTS: Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert: SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Veterans Benefits Act of 1999''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. References to title 38, United States Code. TITLE I--MEDICAL CARE Subtitle A--Long-Term Care Sec. 101. Continuum of care for veterans. Sec. 102. Pilot programs relating to long-term care of veterans. Sec. 103. Pilot program relating to assisted living services. Subtitle B--Management of Medical Facilities and Property Sec. 111. Enhanced-use lease authority. Sec. 112. Designation of hospital bed replacement building at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, after Jack Streeter. Subtitle C--Other Health Care Provisions Sec. 121. Emergency health care in non-Department of Veterans Affairs facilities for enrolled veterans. Sec. 122. Improvement of specialized mental health services for veterans. Sec. 123. Treatment and services for drug or alcohol dependency. Sec. 124. Allocation to Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities of amounts in Medical Care Collections Fund. Sec. 125. Extension of certain Persian Gulf War authorities. Sec. 126. Report on coordination of procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. Sec. 127. Reimbursement of medical expenses of veterans located in Alaska. Sec. 128. Repeal of four-year limitation on terms of Under Secretary for Health and Under Secretary for Benefits. Subtitle D--Major Medical Facility Projects Construction Authorizations Sec. 131. Authorization of major medical facility projects. TITLE II--BENEFITS MATTERS Subtitle A--Homeless Veterans Sec. 201. Extension of program of housing assistance for homeless veterans. Sec. 202. Homeless veterans comprehensive service programs. Sec. 203. Authorizations of appropriations for homeless veterans' reintegration projects. Sec. 204. Report on implementation of General Accounting Office recommendations regarding performance measures. Subtitle B--Other Matters Sec. 211. Payment rate of certain burial benefits for certain Filipino veterans. Sec. 212. Extension of authority to maintain a regional office in the Republic of the Philippines. Sec. 213. Extension of Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. Sec. 214. Dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses of former prisoners of war. Sec. 215. Repeal of limitation on payments of benefits to incompetent institutionalized veterans. Sec. 216. Clarification of veterans employment opportunities. TITLE III--EDUCATION MATTERS Sec. 301. Short title. Sec. 302. Availability of Montgomery GI Bill benefits for preparatory courses for college and graduate school entrance exams. Sec. 303. Increase in basic benefit of active duty educational assistance. Sec. 304. Increase in rates of survivors and dependents educational assistance. Sec. 305. Increased active duty educational assistance benefit for contributing members. Sec. 306. Continuing eligibility for educational assistance of members of the Armed Forces attending officer training school. Sec. 307. Eligibility of members of the Armed Forces to withdraw elections not to receive Montgomery GI Bill basic educational assistance. Sec. 308. Accelerated payments of basic educational assistance. Sec. 309. Veterans education and vocational training benefits provided by the States. TITLE IV--MEMORIAL AFFAIRS Subtitle A--Arlington National Cemetery Sec. 401. Short title. Sec. 402. Persons eligible for burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Sec. 403. Persons eligible for placement in the columbarium in Arlington National Cemetery. Subtitle B--Other Memorial Matters Sec. 411. Establishment of additional national cemeteries. Sec. 412. Use of flat grave markers at Santa Fe National Cemetery, New Mexico. Subtitle C--World War II Memorial Sec. 421. Short title. Sec. 422. Fund raising by American Battle Monuments Commission for World War II Memorial. Sec. 423. General authority of American Battle Monuments Commission to solicit and receive contributions. Sec. 424. Intellectual property and related items. TITLE V--UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR VETERANS CLAIMS Sec. 501. Temporary service of certain judges of United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims upon expiration of their terms or retirement. Sec. 502. Modified terms for certain judges of United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Sec. 503. Temporary authority for voluntary separation incentives for certain judges on United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Sec. 504. Definition. SEC. 2. REFERENCES TO TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE. Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of title 38, United States Code. TITLE I--MEDICAL CARE Subtitle A--Long-Term Care SEC. 101. CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR VETERANS. (a) Inclusion of Noninstitutional Extended Care Services in Definition of Medical Services.--Section 1701 is amended-- (1) in paragraph (6)(A)(i), by inserting ``noninstitutional extended care services,'' after ``preventive health services,''; and (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs: ``(10) The term `noninstitutional extended care services' includes-- ``(A) home-based primary care; ``(B) adult day health care; ``(C) respite care; ``(D) palliative and end-of-life care; and ``(E) home health aide visits. ``(11) The term `respite care' means hospital care, nursing home care, or residence-based care which-- ``(A) is of limited duration; ``(B) is furnished in a Department facility or in the residence of an individual on an intermittent basis to an individual who is suffering from a chronic illness and who resides primarily at that residence; and ``(C) is furnished for the purpose of helping the individual to continue residing primarily at that residence.''. (b) Conforming Amendments to Title 38.--(1)(A) Section 1720 is amended by striking subsection (f). (B) The section heading of such section is amended by striking ``; adult day health care''. (2) Section 1720B is repealed. (3) Chapter 17 is further amended by redesignating sections 1720C, 1720D, and 1720E as sections 1720B, 1720C, and 1720D, respectively. (c) Clerical Amendments.--The table of sections for chapter 17 is amended-- (1) in the item relating to section 1720, by striking ``; adult day health care''; and (2) by striking the items relating to sections 1720B, 1720C, 1720D, and 1720E and inserting the following: ``1720B. Noninstitutional alternatives to nursing home care. ``1720C. Counseling and treatment for sexual trauma. ``1720D. Nasopharyngeal radium irradiation.''. (d) Additional Conforming Amendment.--Section 101(g)(2) of the Veterans Health Programs Extension Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-452; 108 Stat. 4785; 38 U.S.C. 1720D note) is amended by striking ``section 1720D'' both places it appears and inserting ``section 1720C''. SEC. 102. PILOT PROGRAMS RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE OF VETERANS. (a) In General.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall carry out three pilot programs for the purpose of determining the feasibility and practicability of a variety of methods of meeting the long-term care needs of eligible veterans. The pilot programs shall be carried out in accordance with the provisions of this section. (b) Locations of Pilot Programs.--(1) Each pilot program under this section shall be carried out in two designated health care regions of the Department of Veterans Affairs selected by the Secretary for purposes of this section. (2) In selecting designated health care regions of the Department for purposes of a particular pilot program, the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable, select designated health care regions containing a medical center or medical centers whose current circumstances and activities most closely mirror the circumstances and activities proposed to be achieved under such pilot program. (3) The Secretary may not carry out more than one pilot program in any given designated health care region of the Department. (c) Scope of Services Under Pilot Programs.--(1) The services provided under the pilot programs under this section shall include a comprehensive array of health care services and other services that meet the long-term care needs of veterans, including-- (A) inpatient long-term care in intermediate care beds, in nursing homes, and in domiciliary care facilities; and (B) non-institutional long-term care, including hospital- based primary care, adult day health care, respite care, and other community-based interventions and care. (2) As part of the provision of services under the pilot programs, the Secretary shall also provide appropriate case management services. (3) In providing services under the pilot programs, the Secretary shall emphasize the provision of preventive care services, including screening and education. (4) The Secretary may provide health care services or other services under the pilot programs only if the Secretary is otherwise authorized to provide such services by law. (d) Direct Provision of Services.--Under one of the pilot programs under this section, the Secretary shall provide long-term care services to eligible veterans directly through facilities and personnel of the Department of Veterans Affairs. (e) Provision of Services Through Cooperative Arrangements.--(1) Under one of the pilot programs under this section, the Secretary shall provide long-term care services to eligible veterans through a combination (as determined by the Secretary) of-- (A) services provided under cooperative arrangements with appropriate public and private non-Governmental entities, including community service organizations; and (B) services provided through facilities and personnel of the Department. (2) The consideration provided by the Secretary for services provided by entities under cooperative arrangements under paragraph (1)(A) shall be limited to the provision by the Secretary of appropriate in-kind services to such entities. (f) Provision of Services by Non-Department Entities.--(1) Under one of the pilot programs under this section, the Secretary shall provide long-term care services to eligible veterans through arrangements with appropriate non-Department entities under which arrangements the Secretary acts solely as the case manager for the provision of such services. (2) Payment for services provided to veterans under the pilot programs under this subsection shall be made by the Department to the extent that payment for such services is not otherwise provided by another government or non-government entity. (g) Data Collection.--As part of the pilot programs under this section, the Secretary shall collect data regarding-- (1) the cost-effectiveness of such programs and of other activities of the Department for purposes of meeting the long- term care needs of eligible veterans, including any cost advantages under such programs and activities when compared with the Medicare program, Medicaid program, or other Federal program serving similar populations; (2) the quality of the services provided under such programs and activities; (3) the satisfaction of participating veterans, non- Department, and non-Government entities with such programs and activities; and (4) the effect of such programs and activities on the ability of veterans to carry out basic activities of daily living over the course of such veterans' participation in such programs and activities.
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