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Senate Subcommittee OKs Veterans Health Funding: Non-VA Grants Are Possible
Community Health Funding Report

May, 2012

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Reprinted from Community Health Funding Report:

The Senate appropriations subcommittee for veterans affairs approved a FY 2013 funding bill that includes millions of dollars in health programs designed to provide services to veterans inside and outside of the Veterans Affairs Department health system. These include:

Rural Health: Building on the Rural Health Initiative launched last year, the bill provides $250 million for medical care, including telehealth and mobile clinics, for veterans in rural and highly rural areas, including Native American populations. While most of the services are provided through the VA system, the initiative also:

  • Awards funds to non-VA health care providers to support education and training activities that help them offer services to this population. This includes the Graduate Medical Education Enhancement Initiative for residents, nurse practitioners and social workers who want specialized training in rural health.
  • Will support new strategies to improve collaboration and increase service options for rural and highly rural veterans, such as the recent Indian Health Service-VA agreement that will improve health care delivery by sharing programs, improving coordination of care, and increasing efficiency through sharing contracts and purchasing agreements

Homeless Veterans Programs: $5.76 billion for health care and support services for homeless veterans. While most of the money will go to VA facilities, the bill also includes $244.6 million for the HUD-VA supportive housing program, and $235 million for the Homeless Grant Per Diem Program, both of which provide grants and payments to community providers. Homeless services providers must either offer or (much more common) work with other community services, including health care facilities, to provide a "continuum of care" to the target population.

Community Health Funding Report highlights funding sources for a wide range of healthcare concerns, including substance abuse, teen pregnancy, minority healthcare, maternal/child health, chronic illness, mental health and HIV/AIDS programs.

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