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  1. After six denied VHA appeals for level 2 caregiver's benefits I appealed to the BVA. On June 22,2022 I was awarded the maximum level 2 PCAFC benefits by the Board.
  2. NBC10’s Lucy Bustamante has details on the Department of Veterans Affairs making changes to its at-home care reevaluations.
  3. Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. Abstract: Pursuant to RIN 2900-AQ48, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed revisions to its regulations that govern VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). That rulemaking would make improvements to PCAFC and update the regulations to comply with section 161 of Public Law 115-182, the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018, or the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which made changes to PCAFC's authorizing statute. The proposed changes would allow PCAFC to better address the needs of veterans of all eras and standardize the current program to focus on eligible veterans with moderate and severe needs. This proposed rule— Would expand PCAFC to eligible veterans of all service eras, as specified. Would define new terms and revise existing terms used throughout the regulation. Some of the new and revised terms would have a substantial impact Start Printed Page 42984on eligibility requirements for PCAFC (e.g., in need of personal care services; need for supervision, protection, or instruction; and serious injury), and the benefits available under PCAFC (e.g., financial planning services, legal services, and monthly stipend rate). Would establish an annual reassessment to determine continued eligibility for PCAFC. Would revise the stipend payment calculation for Primary Family Caregivers. Would establish a transition plan for legacy participants and legacy applicants who may or may not meet the new eligibility criteria and whose Primary Family Caregivers could have their stipend amount impacted by changes to the stipend payment calculation. Would add financial planning and legal services as new benefits available to Primary Family Caregivers. Would revise the process for revocation and discharge from PCAFC. Would reference VA's ability to collect overpayments made under PCAFC. The background for PCAFC and this information collection resides in Title I of Public Law (Pub. L.) 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 (hereinafter referred to as “the Caregivers Act”), which established section 1720G(a) of title 38 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) “Assistance and Support Services for Caregivers.” Section 1720G required VA to establish a Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) of eligible veterans. The Caregivers Act also required VA to establish a Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS) that is available to caregivers of covered veterans of all eras. VA implemented the PCAFC and the PGCSS through its regulations in part 71 of title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Through PCAFC, VA provides family caregivers of eligible veterans (as defined in 38 CFR 71.15) certain benefits, such as training, respite care, counseling, technical support, beneficiary travel (to attend required caregiver training and for an eligible veteran's medical appointments), a monthly stipend payment, and access to health care coverage (if qualified) through the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA). 38 U.S.C. 1720G(a)(3), 38 CFR 71.40. In order to administer these benefits to caregivers, it is necessary that VA receive information about the nature of the benefit being sought and the persons who will be serving as primary or secondary family caregivers and receiving benefits. This information is collected with VA Form 10-10CG, which is currently approved under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 2900-0768. Additional information will be collected by VA when a participating veteran provides required notice of a change of address and will be added to OMB Control Number 2900-0768. View the full article
  4. I wanted to inquire about the process for my wife becoming a caregiver. She had her phone interview today that lasted about an hour, and I guess we will be waiting for a response via mail on the determination if we qualified or not. I was wanted to know is this a normal thing for the guys that have already been down this road. To my understanding I thought she would be told today if she was accepted or not, but I guess it doesn't work the way I thought. Thanks in advance for your help. Semper Fi
  5. Draggin's wife here...I recently received some information about how the caregiver program was changing to a "rehabilitation program" for the veterans involved. I shrugged it off, until receiving a letter that went to all caregivers in the area (North Texas). The letter follows (in red): - Annual Clinical Reassessments are completed upon or around your anniversary of being in the Caregiver Support Program. The reassessments are completed by a board of interdisciplinary doctors including a Psychologist, Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist, and a Medicine physician. We also reach out to you, your Veteran, and your Veteran’s VA treatment team directly to provide additional input. o Reassessment will result in one of the following: Your tier level can increase, stay the same, decrease, or transition of the program completely if your loved one has regained independence. - If your Veteran is receiving care by community providers (private sector), it is the responsibility of the Veteran and Caregiver to ensure that those records get to the VA system for scanning for purposes of oversight. o You may contact your loved one’s VA primary care clinic to determine how to get these records in for scanning. - This program is meant to be rehabilitative as opposed to a long standing benefit for Veterans who have the ability to recover. o Veterans in this program are required to engage in treatment plans working towards recovery. o Veterans in this program are required to see their VA treatment team ‘at a minimum’ of once per year. o For those Veterans who have the ability to regain their independence in functioning, it is likely that many of these Veterans will ultimately transition off of the program as they continue engaging in treatment. I have also spoken to a few veterans in my area that let me know that their caregiver benefits were taken away, as they no longer qualified. I am freaking out. My veteran cannot handle things if I have to go back to work!!! I spoke to my caregiver support coordinator and explained that my husband is now 100% P&T disabled due mainly to PTSD. She said to have his doctors document that they do no expect improvement in his condition. I wanted to give a heads up for any that may be coming across this situation and ask any advice of those that have already been through this sort of reassessment, as it's not the annual one done by the sweet nurses that come to your house. Thanks so much Draggin' and Draggin'sWife
  6. Hi! I am new to this site and have been looking for all the help I can get lately. My husband is 100% (over actually) P&T service connected medically retired, he gets SMC as well. I have been a part of the VA Caregiver program for a few years now and have found it most helpful. The stipend is great but also the training and support. I was recently contacted about a medical reassessment appointment for this program but can't find any more information about it. My gut is telling me that this is just a way to find a medical reason to remove us from the program, but I have found out nothing about this. I have contacted the local support team, the 1800 caregiver support line and still have no clue what this appointment is for. So now I am scouring the internet forums to find out if anyone else has been through this or has some insight that I am unaware of. So I am a newbie with a lot I am trying to figure out. I have been through this process from PEB to MEB to VA claims and everything in between with my husband. I have learned to be proactive and not reactive and always be prepared. So this new VA Caregiver challenge is something I am trying to get prepared for and am failing at so far. Any help or advice is very much appreciated!! Thanks all.
  7. I'm still a little lost on this site. I'm a wife/caregiver. We were enrolled in the program 10/2013 - 10/2014. We had some legal issues beyond our control that forced my husband to live away from home for about 6 months. His father came to stay with him because he can not be left alone. He has severe PTSD with suicidal attempts (last one 9/14) We did the right thing (UGGG) and reported to the VA that he was not in the home and withdrew from the program. He did not want to go through having his dad take over in the program because it was too much for him to handle doing at the time (LOTS of STRESS!) So when we were able to be back together in Jan 2015 He reapplied. We were told in April 2015 he no longer qualified because his PTSD had improved and that his seizures were not service connected (PNES) Although his MEB identifies "Syncope of Unknown Etiology" as being permanently aggravated by service. So now that the VA has done the video EEG they are called PNES Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures. Anyway, We applied again in June 2015 and just received the denial on Dec 9,2015. Same reasoning. So, how does PTSD improve with a 6 month seperation from your family, a major life altering court battle, severed extended family relationships as a result and a recent suicide attempt? Everyone who knows us knows he is rarely left alone. His father is almost panicked when he doesn't know where he is at (Dad now lives with us). I must be answering questions wrong or something.... He can function ok most mornings but goes downhill from there. PNES are mostly in the afternoon & evening when his brain shuts down. This happens 3-4 times a week. He has memory loss and is a risk for leaving the stove on if home alone. He has two ER visits in the last year for serious falls in the yard. He of course doesn't drive himself to town. We live very remote also so there are not many people to check on him if I was to go back to work, which is not even a thought due to his needs. He doesn't talk on the phone to people and avoids conversations in stores and such so I do all of that. I don't understand how they are coming up with their assessment. Oh and we were just informed that his VA Counselor is not allowed to comment or contribute when asked to do so by the Caregiver Support Team????? Who else knows his history and present mental health needs? I tried to open the rating scale link you posted on the other thread but it was no longer accessible. Could you please cut and paste it here?
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