Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: S. 3541, Health Care for Burn Pit Veterans Act   [open pdf - 177KB]

This is the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Cost Estimate as passed by the Senate on February 16, 2021. From the Document: "Under current law, combat veterans who were discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003, may receive enhanced health care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for 5 years after separating from the military, regardless of whether they have disabilities connected to military service, whether their income exceeds certain thresholds, or whether they receive other benefits from VA. Enhanced benefits include substantially lower copayments and higher priority for care. S. 3541 would extend the period of eligibility to 10 years after separation. Some veterans who separated between 5 and 10 years before enactment of the act would become immediately eligible for those health care benefits. [...] Using data from VA, CBO estimates that under S. 3541, about 19,000 veterans would newly enroll or start using VA health care in 2022; by 2026, enrollment would increase to 66,000. Based on health care costs for current enrollees in the same priority group for care, CBO estimates that, on average, newly enrolled veterans would receive $6,600 in VA health care each year."

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