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Urge Your U.S. Representative to Support Veterans Having Better Access to PACE & HCBS Through the Dole Act
More than three-fourths (77 percent) of adults aged 40 and over prefer to receive any necessary long-term care services in their home, according to a poll by the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Veterans are no different and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has testified before Congress recently that they support that goal.

Additional access to and choice of home and community based providers (HCBS) for veterans through their VA benefits will be key to meeting that goal, especially since the VA has projected that roughly 80% of veterans will need long term care services and supports (LTSS) during their lifetimes. Currently, not every veteran has equal access to PACE, LTSS and HCBS overall through the VA, since it depends on which HCBS programs the VA has rolled out at each Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). And for PACE, NPA understands that only 10 PACE organizations presently have contracts with their local VAMC.

H.R. 6823, the Elizabeth Dole Home and Community Based Services for Veterans and Caregivers Act of 2022, seeks to rectify this inequity. The bill will improve the payment amounts and expand the capability of the VA to meet the demand for HCBS and LTSS, including PACE. The Dole Act would require every VAMC within the geographic service area of a PACE program or programs to establish a formal partnership with them.

Please urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 6823 and show their support for increased access for veterans to PACE through their VA health care benefits.

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