Technical Corrections to Medical Regulations Based on Veterans' Health Care Eligibility Reform Act of 1996
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations by making technical corrections to conform to the Veterans' Health Care Eligibility Reform Act of 1996 (Act of 1996). Currently VA regulations read that veterans receive only VA hospital care to treat medical conditions of eligible veterans. We are amending our regulation to clarify that VA provides hospital care and medical services to eligible veterans.
Designee for Patient Personal Property
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulation that governs a competent veteran's designation of a person to receive the veteran's funds and personal effects in the event that such veteran was to die while in a VA field facility. We are eliminating reference to an obsolete VA form, clarifying the role of a VA fiduciary for an incompetent veteran-patient, as well as restructuring the current regulation for ease of readability.