Veterans Medical Care: FY2011 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. The Obama Administration released its FY2011 budget on February 1, 2010. The President requests an overall funding amount of 48.8 billion for VHA for FY2011, an increase of 3.7 billion over the enacted amount in FY2010. Furthermore, as required by P.L. 111-81, the Administration is requesting 50.6 billion in advance appropriations for FY2012 for the three medical care appropriations medical services, medical support and compliance, and medical facilities. In FY2012, the administrations budget request would provide 39.6 billion for the medical services account, 5.5 billion for medical support and compliance account, and 5.4 billion for the medical facilities account.
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