Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.R. 5607, Justice for ALS Veterans Act of 2021   [open pdf - 193KB]

This is the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Cost Estimate as ordered reported by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs on November 4, 2021. From the Document: "Under current law, surviving spouses of veterans who die of a service-related injury or illness may receive monthly payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation program (DIC). Generally, for a surviving spouse to receive DIC payments, the veteran must have died from a service-connected disability or be rated as totally disabled by VA for at least ten years prior to death. If the veteran was rated as totally disabled for at least eight full years and the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same eight years, the spouse is eligible to receive a higher DIC benefit. H.R. 5607 would require VA to pay that same higher benefit to surviving spouses of veterans who die from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), regardless of how long the veteran had the disease prior to death if the spouse was married to the veteran for at least eight years prior to the veteran's death. [...] Using information from VA on the administrative cost of paying more survivors the additional amounts, CBO estimates any costs for VA to implement the bill would be insignificant. Those costs would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds."

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