H.R. 5360: Blinded Veterans Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2010

H.R. 5360

Blinded Veterans Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2010

Date
September 28, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.R. 5360 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, Septemer 28, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  The legislation was introduced on May 20, 2010 by Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5360 would modify the standard of visual acuity required for eligibility for specially adapted housing assistance provided by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Background

Under present regulations, a blinded veteran must have visual acuity of 5/200 or less to qualify for any of the three adaptive housing grant programs – Specially Adaptive Housing (SAH), Special Home Adaptation (SHA), and Temporary Residence Adaptation (TRA). These programs allow eligible service-connected veterans to modify their residences so that they can maintain their quality of life despite their disability. The legislation updates this requirement to 20/200, the accepted federal standard for blindness. The legislation also updates the eligibility standards regarding an impaired range of vision to the federal standard of 20 degrees or less.

 

Cost

CBO estimates this bill would have a net effect of decreasing the deficit by $4 million the ten-year period 2010-2020.