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Senate Passes Bill Allowing Care For Veterans With Early-Stage Dementia

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed legislation co-authored by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine, as well as Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska.

The lawmakers say the bill corrects an oversight that has resulted in a denial of care for some veterans with early-stage dementia.

The law would allow the VA more flexibility in waiving certain standing eligibility requirements, and allow veterans with early-stage dementia to be cared for in state veterans’ homes.

Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden introduced similar companion legislation in the House earlier this year.