CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, May 23, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 2460, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on May 19, 2015, by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote on May 18, 2016.
H.R. 2460 amends title 38, United States Code, to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into an agreement or a contract with state veterans homes (SVHs) to pay for adult day health care for a veteran eligible for nursing home care due to a service connected disability rating of 70% or more.
Adult Day Health Care is a program veterans can go to during the day for social activities, peer support, companionship, and recreation. The program is for veterans who need skilled services, case management and help with activities of daily living. Examples include help with bathing, dressing, fixing meals or taking medicines. The program also provided needed respite care for caregivers. Adult Day Health Care can be used in combination with other Home and Community Based Services.
The primary purpose of the program is to facilitate activities that improve function, health, independence, and well-being. The activities that Adult Day Health Care provides are chosen with goals for the veterans including cognitive simulation, physical movement, and social, emotional and spiritual support. Cognitive simulation increases concentration, focus, alertness, and verbalization for the veterans. Physical movement helps them maintain motor function and strength. Social, emotional, and spiritual support elevates the mood and raises self-esteem by providing opportunities for the veterans to build friendships with each other.
According to the bill’s sponsor, “There are so many options of quality care for veterans, but too often their choices are limited. By passing this bill, we can ensure that all veterans receive the best and most efficient outpatient service, while also allowing them to maintain their independence.”
 See U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Geriatrics and Extended Care”
 See U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Adult Day Health Care Program (ADHC)”
 See Rep. Lee Zeldin Press Release, “Rep. Zeldin’s Veterans Adult Health Care Bill Passes out of Committee,” May 18, 2016.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently unavailable.
For questions or further information please contact Molly Newell with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 2-1374.