38 U.S. Code § 1710A - Required nursing home care

§ 1710A.
Required nursing home care
The Secretary (subject to section 1710(a)(4) of this title) shall provide nursing home care which the Secretary determines is needed (1) to any veteran in need of such care for a service-connected disability, and (2) to any veteran who is in need of such care and who has a service-connected disability rated at 70 percent or more.
The Secretary shall ensure that a veteran described in subsection (a) who continues to need nursing home care is not, after placement in a Department nursing home, transferred from the facility without the consent of the veteran, or, in the event the veteran cannot provide informed consent, the representative of the veteran.
Nothing in subsection (a) may be construed as authorizing or requiring that a veteran who is receiving nursing home care in a Department nursing home on the date of the enactment of this section be displaced, transferred, or discharged from the facility.
The Secretary shall ensure that nursing home care provided under subsection (a) is provided in an age-appropriate manner.
The provisions of subsection (a) shall terminate on December 31, 2016.
(Added Pub. L. 106–117, title I, § 101(a)(1), Nov. 30, 1999, 113 Stat. 1547; amended Pub. L. 106–419, title II, § 224(a), Nov. 1, 2000, 114 Stat. 1846; Pub. L. 108–170, title I, § 106(b), Dec. 6, 2003, 117 Stat. 2046; Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title XVII, § 1706(b), Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 493; Pub. L. 110–387, title VIII, § 805, Oct. 10, 2008, 122 Stat. 4141; Pub. L. 113–59, § 8, Dec. 20, 2013, 127 Stat. 662; Pub. L. 113–175, title I, § 101, Sept. 26, 2014, 128 Stat. 1902; Pub. L. 114–58, title I, § 102, Sept. 30, 2015, 129 Stat. 532.)
References in Text

The date of the enactment of this section, referred to in subsec. (b)(2), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 106–117, which was approved Nov. 30, 1999.


2015—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 114–58 substituted “December 31, 2016” for “December 31, 2015”.

2014—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 113–175 substituted “December 31, 2015” for “December 31, 2014”.

2013—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 113–59 substituted “December 31, 2014” for “December 31, 2013”.

2008—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 110–181 added subsec. (c). Former subsec. (c) redesignated (d).

Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 110–387 substituted “December 31, 2013” for “December 31, 2008”.

Pub. L. 110–181 redesignated former subsec. (c) as (d).

2003—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 108–170 substituted “December 31, 2008” for “December 31, 2003”.

2000—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 106–419 inserted “(subject to section 1710(a)(4) of this title)” after “The Secretary”.

Finding Related to Age-Appropriate Nursing Home Care

Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title XVII, § 1706(a), Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 493, provided that:

“Congress finds that young veterans who are injured or disabled through military service and require long-term care should have access to age-appropriate nursing home care.”

Report to Congressional Committees

Pub. L. 106–117, title I, § 101(i), Nov. 30, 1999, 113 Stat. 1550, required the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives a report on the operation of section 101 of Pub. L. 106–117 not later than January 1, 2003.


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