United States Code

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§ 1717.
Home health services; invalid lifts and other devices
(a)
(1)
As part of medical services furnished to a veteran under section 1710(a) of this title, the Secretary may furnish such home health services as the Secretary finds to be necessary or appropriate for the effective and economical treatment of the veteran.
(2)
Improvements and structural alterations may be furnished as part of such home health services only as necessary to assure the continuation of treatment for the veteran’s disability or to provide access to the home or to essential lavatory and sanitary facilities. The cost of such improvements and structural alterations (or the amount of reimbursement therefor) under this subsection may not exceed—
(A)
in the case of medical services furnished under section 1710(a)(1) of this title, or for a disability described in section 1710(a)(2)(C) of this title
(i)
in the case of a veteran who first applies for benefits under this paragraph before May 5, 2010, $4,100; or
(ii)
in the case of a veteran who first applies for benefits under this paragraph on or after May 5, 2010, $6,800; and
(B)
in the case of medical services furnished under any other provision of section 1710(a) of this title
(i)
in the case of a veteran who first applies for benefits under this paragraph before May 5, 2010, $1,200; or
(ii)
in the case of a veteran who first applies for benefits under this paragraph on or after May 5, 2010, $2,000.
(3)
The Secretary may furnish home health services to a veteran in any setting in which the veteran is residing. The Secretary may not furnish such services in such a manner as to relieve any other person or entity of a contractual obligation to furnish services to the veteran. When home health services are furnished in a setting other than the veteran’s home, such services may not include any structural improvement or alteration.
(b)
The Secretary may furnish an invalid lift, or any type of therapeutic or rehabilitative device, as well as other medical equipment and supplies (excluding medicines), if medically indicated, to any veteran who is receiving (1) compensation under section 1114(l)–(p) of this title (or the comparable rates provided pursuant to section 1134 of this title), or (2) pension under chapter 15 of this title by reason of being in need of regular aid and attendance.
(c)
The Secretary may furnish devices for assisting in overcoming the handicap of deafness (including telecaptioning television decoders) to any veteran who is profoundly deaf and is entitled to compensation on account of hearing impairment.
(d)
(1)
In the case of a member of the Armed Forces who, as determined by the Secretary, has a disability permanent in nature incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service, the Secretary may furnish improvements and structural alterations for such member for such disability or as otherwise described in subsection (a)(2) while such member is hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or treatment for such disability if the Secretary determines that such member is likely to be discharged or released from the Armed Forces for such disability.
(2)
The furnishing of improvements and alterations under paragraph (1) in connection with the furnishing of medical services described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of subsection (a)(2) shall be subject to the limitation specified in the applicable subparagraph.
(Added Pub. L. 86–211, § 5, Aug. 29, 1959, 73 Stat. 435, § 617; amended Pub. L. 88–450, § 6(a), (c), Aug. 19, 1964, 78 Stat. 504; Pub. L. 90–77, title I, § 109, Aug. 31, 1967, 81 Stat. 180; Pub. L. 90–493, § 3(a), Aug. 19, 1968, 82 Stat. 809; Pub. L. 97–295, § 4(18), Oct. 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 1306; Pub. L. 98–528, title I, § 107, Oct. 19, 1984, 98 Stat. 2690; Pub. L. 99–576, title II, § 202(2), Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3254; Pub. L. 100–322, title I, § 101(d), May 20, 1988, 102 Stat. 491; renumbered § 1717 and amended Pub. L. 102–83, §§ 4(b)(1), (2)(E), 5(a), (c)(1), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404–406; Pub. L. 102–405, title I, § 101(a), Oct. 9, 1992, 106 Stat. 1973; Pub. L. 104–262, title I, § 101(d)(6), Oct. 9, 1996, 110 Stat. 3180; Pub. L. 105–114, title IV, § 402(b), Nov. 21, 1997, 111 Stat. 2294; Pub. L. 110–289, div. B, title VI, § 2601, July 30, 2008, 122 Stat. 2858; Pub. L. 111–163, title V, § 516(a), May 5, 2010, 124 Stat. 1166; Pub. L. 111–275, title X, § 1001(c)(1), Oct. 13, 2010, 124 Stat. 2896.)
cite as: 38 USC 1717