Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 113 Part 3.djvu/35

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PUBLIC LAW 106-117—NOV. 30, 1999 113 STAT. 1553 living services on behalf of eligible veterans in the region where the program is carried out. (d) ELIGIBLE VETERANS.— ^A veteran is ani eligible veteran for purposes of this section if the veteran— (1) is eligible for placement assistance by the Secretary under section 1730(a) of title 38, United States Code; (2) is unable to manage routine activities of daily living without supervision and assistance; and (3) could reasonably be expected to receive ongoing services after the end of the contract period under another government program or through other means. (e) REPORT.—(1) Not later them 90 days before the end of Deadline, the pilot program under this section, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the progrjim. (2) The report under paragraph (1) shall include the following: (A) A description of the implementation and operation of the program. (B) An analysis comparing use of institutional care among participants in the program with the experience of comparable patients who are not enrolled in the program. (C) A comparison of assisted living services provided by the Department through the pilot program with domiciliary care provided by the Department. (D) The Secretary's recommendations, if any, regarding an extension of the program. (f) DURATION.—The authority of the Secretary to provide services under the pilot program shall cease on the date that is three years after the date of the commencement of the pilot program. (g) DEFINITION. —For purposes of this section, the term "assisted living services" means services in a facility that provides room and board and personal care for and supervision of residents as necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of residents. (h) STANDARDS. — The Secretary may not enter into a contract with a facility under this section unless the facility meets the standards established in regulations prescribed under section 1730 of title 38, United States Code. Subtitle B—Other Access to Care Matters SEC. 111. REIMBURSEMENT FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT IN NON- DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAEEIS FAdLITIES. (a) AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE REIMBURSEMENT. — Chapter 17 is amended by inserting after section 1724 the following new section: '^§ 1725. Reimbursement for emergency treatment "(a) GENERAL AUTHORITY.—(1) Subject to subsections (c) and (d), the Secretary may reimburse a veteran described in subsection (b) for the reasonable value of emergency treatment furnished the veteran in a non-Department facility. "(2) In any case in which reimbursement is authorized under subsection (a)(1), the Secretary, in the Secretary's discretion, may, in lieu of reimbursing the veteran, make payment of the reasonable value of the fimiished emergency treatment directly— "(A) to a hospital or other health care provider that furnished the treatment; or