The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will temporarily suspend discharges and decreases in the level of support given in the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The suspension is the result of concerns expressed by veterans, caregivers and advocates about inconsistent application of eligibility requirements by VA medical centers.
“It is essential that we get this right,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This affects one of our most vulnerable Veteran populations and we need to make sure we have consistency on how we process and evaluate benefit applications across VA.”
The suspension does not impact the current application process. VA medical centers are continuing to accept and approve applications to the family caregivers program based on current eligibility criteria along with processing appeals and monitoring eligible veterans’ wellbeing at least every 90 days, unless otherwise clinically indicated.
Termination of benefits exempted from the suspension include those made at the request of the veteran or caregiver, by the local Caregiver Support Program for cause or noncompliance or due to death, permanent institutionalization or long-term hospitalization of a veteran or caregiver.