WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIBW) - Senate Veterans Affairs Committee members have introduced the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act.
U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) – members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) – recently introduced the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act. Once enacted, this legislation would aim to expand community-based services for aging veterans and improve VA support for veterans and caregivers of all ages. Industrial Checkweigher
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, said that the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act exemplifies Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s passion for supporting veterans and their caregivers by expanding access to home and community-based care programs for veterans, increasing support for non-institutional care, assessing VA’s caregiver and long-term care programs, and more.
“Senator Elizabeth Dole represents the millions of caregivers who have worked behind the scenes to care for our nation’s veterans who are impacted by advanced age or catastrophic injuries,” said Moran. “Caregivers help veterans maintain their independence and stay in their own homes in their own communities for as long as possible as they age. The Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act expands access to home and community-based services. It is fitting we name this legislation after an honorary Kansan – Elizabeth Dole – who has worked as an advocate to honor and recognize our veterans and their caregivers.”
Other senators that introduced this legislation, along with Sen. Moran to the 117th Congress, include Sens. Tester and Hassan.
“In rural states like Montana where folks often have to travel great distances for health care services, making sure our aging and disabled veterans have access to convenient and quality long-term care options is critical,” said Sen. Tester, chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “That’s why I’m proud to join my colleagues in our bipartisan effort to provide veterans the flexibility to be cared for by their loved ones or providers of their choosing, from the comfort of their own home.”
“Caregivers provide invaluable support to veterans – helping to ensure that they can maintain their independence and stay active in our communities,” said Sen. Hassan. “The Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act helps recognize the vital work of caregivers, while also expanding home and community-based services for our country’s veterans. This bipartisan bill is an important way to support veterans so that they can live healthy and dignified lives and recognizes the extraordinary sacrifices that they and their families have made to keep us safe, secure, and free.”
Steve Schwab, the CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, said that he greatly appreciates Congress taking steps toward giving Veterans and their caregivers support.
“Senators Moran and Tester are longstanding champions of military caregivers and have brought caregiver issues to the forefront as leaders of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee over the last decade. We are heartened by the 118th Congress’s dedication to this critical population and continue to urge Congress to provide caregivers with the support and relief they deserve,” said Schwab.
The Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act:
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