CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 4505 is expected to be considered on the House floor on June 29, 2010, under suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority vote for passage. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) introduced H.R. 4505 on January 26, 2010, and the bill was referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
H.R. 4505 would allow State Veterans’ Homes to admit any parent of service members who died while serving in the armed forces (Gold Star Parents) to VA Nursing Homes. The bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to modify federal regulations to permit a state to admit, as a nonveteran, a parent whose child died while serving in the armed forces. States still must prioritize veterans above spouses, dependents, and Gold Star Parents.
In 50 states and Puerto Rico, 137 State Veterans’ Homes provide hospital and skilled nursing care to approximately 28,500 veterans and dependents. State Veterans’ Homes have provided services to veterans and their dependents for nearly 150 years. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 required the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a feasibility study to identify the potential impact of providing State Veterans’ Home care to Gold Star Parents.
Under current regulations, the only non-veterans who are authorized to reside at state homes are either spouses, widows, or parents if all of their children have died while serving.
The Department of Veterans Affairs does not pay a per diem to state homes for Gold Star Parents.
As of press time, the Congressional Budget Office had not released a score of H.R. 4505