From the Summary: "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits to veterans who meet certain eligibility rules. Benefits to veterans range from disability compensation and pensions to hospital and medical care. VA provides these benefits to veterans through three major operating units: the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). VHA is primarily a direct service provider of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services to veterans through an integrated health care system. Veterans are enrolled in priority groups that determine payments for service and non-service connected medical conditions. The President's FY2006 budget requested $28.2 billion for VHA: $20.0 billion for medical services, $4.5 billion for medical administration, $3.3 billion for medical facilities, and $393 million for medical and prosthetic research. […] On November 30, 2005, the Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2006 (P.L.109-114) was signed into law. The act provides $29.1 billion for VHA, including $22.5 billion for medical services, of which $1.2 billion is designated as an emergency appropriation. P.L. 109-114 also appropriated $2.9 billion for medical administration, $3.3 billion for medical facilities, and $412 million for medical and prosthetic research. In its FY2006 budget submission to Congress, the Administration proposed several legislative and regulatory changes to increase certain copayments and other cost-sharing charges for veterans in lower-priority categories. P.L.109-114 did not include any of the Administration's cost-sharing proposals for VHA. This report will be updated as budgetary activity occurs."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32975