Veterans's Medical Care: FY2014 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 funding for 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. Eligibility for VA health care is based primarily on previous military service, disability, and income. The Presidents FY2014 budget request was submitted to Congress on April 10, 2013. The Presidents budget requested 147.9 billion in budget authority for the VA as a whole. For FY2014, the Administration requested 55.2 billion for VHA. This included 43.7 billion for the medical services account, 6.0 billion for the medical support and compliance account, 4.9 billion for the medical facilities account, and nearly 586 million for the medical and prosthetic research account. Furthermore, as required by the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 P.L. 111-81, the Presidents budget requested 55.6 billion in advance appropriations for the three medical care accounts medical services, medical support and compliance, and medical facilities for FY2015. On May 15, 2013, the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee approved its version of a Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for FY2014 MILCON-VA Appropriations bill. The full House Appropriations Committee voted to report the measure on May 21, 2013, and the House passed H.R. 2216 on June 4, 2013.
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