Veterans Medical Care: FY2010 Appropriations
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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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 nations 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 Presidents budget would provide approximately 48 billion for VHA.
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