VA Healthcare Funding

June 2005
PN;Jun2005, Vol. 59 Issue 6, p73
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This article reports that the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) on April 7, 2005, testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies concerning the Independent Budget recommendations for the Veterans Affairs budget for the financial year (FY) 2006. The budget request provides an increase of only $111 million, less than one-half of one percent more than the appropriation for FY 2005. PVA executives reported that for FY 2006, they are recommending a total appropriation for medical care of $31.2 billion, an increase of $3.5 billion. This, suggestively, reflects an increase of close to 13%. PVA expressed strong opposition to the administration's attempt once again to enact an enrollment fee on certain veterans and to increase prescription drug co-payments. PVA also expressed concern about the budget proposals for long-term care.


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