Accession Number : ADA513830
Title : Veterans Medical Care: FY2010 Appropriations
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Panangala, Sidath V
Report Date : 21 Jan 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 45
Abstract : The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans who meet certain eligibility criteria. Benefits to veterans range from disability compensation and pensions to hospital and medical care. The VA provides these benefits through three major operating units: the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). This report focuses on the VHA. The VHA is primarily a direct service provider of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to veterans through the nation's largest integrated health care system. Veterans generally must enroll in the VA health care system to receive medical care. Eligibility for enrollment is based primarily on previous military service, disability, and income. VA provides free inpatient and outpatient medical care to veterans for service-connected conditions and to low-income veterans for nonservice-connected conditions. On February 26, 2009, the President submitted a preliminary budget outline for FY2010, and submitted his full FY2010 budget proposal to Congress on May 7. The Administration requested a total of $45.1 billion for VHA (excluding collections). This is a 7.5% increase over the FY2009 enacted level. Including total available resources (including medical care collections), the President's budget would provide approximately $48 billion for VHA.
Descriptors : *MEDICAL SERVICES , *VETERANS(MILITARY PERSONNEL) , RETIREMENT , SALARIES , SOCIAL WELFARE , COMPENSATION , BENEFITS , INCOME , CONGRESS , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)
Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE