Senate Passes Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act of 2010
Posted by Michelle McCarthy on April 22
Yesterday, the House passed it and today the Senate did their share and now the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act of 2010 (S. 1963) is heading to the President’s desk to await his
This bill takes care of those family members caring for their severely wounded veteran loved ones. The legislation also expands and improves veterans’ health care services for women veterans; for veterans living in rural areas; provides better access to mental health care; and expands support programs for homeless veterans.
The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act of 2010 provides for those family members who serve 24 hours a day as caregivers for their loved ones, wounded in war by:
- Providing a living stipend so caregivers don’t have to balance a job with the constant care of their wounded veteran;
- Providing a lodging payment so they can travel with their wounded veteran for required treatments;
- Providing healthcare coverage, mental health services, respite care and support services for the caregiver; and
- Providing training and education for the caregiver.
Furthermore this Act will:
- Expand transportation services to for rural veterans to VA hospitals and clinics;
- Create child care pilot programs for veterans with children;
- Create pilot programs for veterans reintegration and readjustment;
- Create pilot programs for improving care for victims of sexual trauma;
- Provide mental health counseling to all members of the armed forces;
- Require the VA to conduct a study of veterans suicide;
- Create a pilot program to provide dental care to veterans;
- Provide maternity care for children of women veterans up to seven days after the birth of the child;
- Expand available funds for programs offering housing to homeless veterans.
This bill will help thousands of families care for their wounded loved ones. It will also improve VA health care services for the women veterans, a move that was long overdue. IAVA hopes that this bill will be signed by the President immediately, and looks forward to working with the VA to get it implemented quickly.
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