From: North, Jim <Jim.North@cambridge-na.com>
Subject: Update on Veterans Healthcare Budget
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2005 17:52:11 -0400

8 Jun 05
Veteran March on Washington, DC
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/6/prweb246504.php
http://americansforsharedsacrifice.org/Gallery/Million_Vet_March

23 Jun 05
COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS HEARING FINDS FLAWS IN VA HEALTHCARE COST MODELING
http://www.veteranstoday.com/article608.html

24 Jun 05
Veterans Affairs faces $1 billion shortfall
http://www.veteranstoday.com/article610.html

28 Jun 05
Bush administration admitted to lawmakers on Tuesday it had underestimated funds to cover health care costs for veterans and Congress would have to plug a $2.6 billion hole.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/article615.html

30 Jun 05
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS’ AFFAIRS TO HOLD HEARING
http://www.veteranstoday.com/article617.html

1 Jul 05
HOUSE PASSES H.R. 3130, THE VETERANS’ HEALTHCARE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT
“Congress will keep it’s promise to America’s Veterans”

http://www.veteranstoday.com/article619.html

HOUSE PASSES H.R. 3130, THE VETERANS HEALTHCARE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT

“Congress will keep its promise to America’s Veterans”

Washington, D.C. The House passed H.R. 3130, the Veterans Healthcare Supplemental Appropriations Act. This bill will provide the necessary $975 million to fund the VA for fiscal year 2005. At a House Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing earlier today, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson notified Congress that the administration is requesting $975 million in additional funds for veterans’ healthcare. In response, Chairman Steve Buyer (R-IN) called on Congress to pass a fiscal year 2005 veterans funding supplemental.

With these funds, the VA will continue offering the high-quality healthcare Americas veterans have earned, said Chairman Buyer.

The $975 million supplemental will include:

* $273 million to fund healthcare for returning Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans, including members of the Guard and Reserve.

* $226 million to continue funding the shared federal and state VA long-term care nursing home program.

* $200 million to fund unanticipated increases in the healthcare for priority-group 1-6 veterans.

* $95 million to fund unanticipated energy, fuel and utility costs.

* $84 million to buy emergency medical equipment.

* $39 million to pay for the increase in healthcare benefits for dependants of 100-percent service-connected veterans as the need has increased at a rate greater than expected.

Secretary Nicholson said the administration will reassess the fiscal year 2005 budget and in the near future submit an amended veteran’s budget for fiscal year 2006.