Tweet at your Senators to pass S. 326, incorporating the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act

Soon, the Senate will vote on legislation to improve access to the VA’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). Earlier this year, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee advanced all but one provision of S. 141, the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act, which makes sweeping changes to the way VA delivers HCBS to veterans. The Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act expands Veterans Directed Care and similar programs to all VA medical centers, create a pilot program to provide home health aide services for veterans that reside in communities with a shortage of home health aides; and require VA to establish a warm handoff process for veterans and caregivers who are discharged from or ineligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

The Elizabeth Dole Act is being rolled into a larger bill of veterans-related provisions as an amendment to S. 326 This larger bill also contains language allowing VA to conduct and support research on the efficacy and safety of using cannabis to treat veterans with certain conditions, as well as other provisions that would bolster mental health care for both veterans and their caregivers.

The Senate is expected to vote soon on this important Veterans legislation. IAA encourages you to contact your Senators and urge them to vote “yes” on this important legislation. Use this form to Tweet at your Senators! It will automatically populate a Tweet for you and tag your Senators on Twitter. Your tweet will read:

“.{{@TwitterHandle}} I urge you to vote YES on Senate bill S. 326, which incorporates the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act (EDHC). This bill will improve the quality of life and care received by Veterans living with ALS.”

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