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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2694, 6/29/2015
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VA Requests “Flexibility” from Congress to Overcome $2.5 Billion Budget Shortfall amid Reports of Delayed and Denied Services
Registration Now Available for White House Conference on Aging Watch Parties
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VA Requests “Flexibility” from Congress to Overcome $2.5 Billion Budget Shortfall amid Reports of Delayed and Denied Services

The U.S. House Veterans’ Affairs Committee last week held a hearing on the state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget, amid reports that veterans are facing delays and denied services. In recent days, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has received reports that the VA has denied authorizations and renewal authorizations of home health and other services due to funding shortages.

During the hearing, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said the agency has a $2.5 billion budget shortfall for the rest of the fiscal year. In explaining the shortfall, the agency cited increased demand for care and services as well as antiquated systems. In order to overcome the shortfall, the VA is asking Congress to provide flexibility to use funds from the Veterans Choice program to pay a network of non-VA providers.

Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) committed to working with the relevant Congressional committees in the coming weeks “to give VA the flexibility it is seeking to use a limited amount of Choice funds for non-VA care.” Miller further criticized the agency for its mismanagement and lack of transparency surrounding its cost overruns.

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Registration Now Available for White House Conference on Aging Watch Parties

With the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHOCA) only 17 days away, the White House is asking the home care and hospice community among others to get involved by registering to host watch parties for the event. As previously reported, the Conference will take place on July 13 in Washington DC. While tickets are limited, the White House has set up virtual online participation and is hoping people across the country will participate from their communities.

“We’re having a national conversation about how to best address the changing aging landscape in the coming decade. We need your voice as part of our dialogue and discussion,” said WHOCA Executive Director Nora Super.

With online participation from people around the country, the White House said this Conference will be the “largest ever.” The entire event will be livestreamed on the White House website. If you would like to watch online and invite your friends and neighbors to join, you can register your watch party with the White House here. WHCOA staff have provided a discussion guide to assist in hosting watch parties for the event.

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Registration is now open for NAHC’s 2015 Annual Meeting

Registration for NAHC’s Annual Meeting is now open! The conference is October 28-30, 2015, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

To register for the conference and to make your reservation at the Gaylord Opryland, click here.

 

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