VA Health Care: VA Faces Challenges in Meeting Demand for Long-Term Care, Statement of A. Nicole Clowers, Managing Director, Health Care, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 670KB]

From the Document: "As one of the largest health care systems in the United States, VA [Department of Veterans Affairs] faces challenges similar to other health care providers when seeking to meet the growing need for long-term care as the U.S. population ages - for example shortages in nursing assistants and home health aides that are critical for supporting long-term care programs. VA recognizes it faces challenges meeting the demand for long-term care and has taken some steps to address these challenges in its strategic planning process, for example by proposing to expand access to long-term care services through telehealth. My testimony today highlights key findings from our February 2020 report, which described the (1) use of and spending for VA long-term care, and (2) challenges VA faces to meet veterans' demand for long-term care and examines VA's plans to address those challenges. We made three recommendations in our report aimed at strengthening VA's efforts to address long-term care challenges. VA concurred with our recommendations."

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