CFR Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans Relief

CFR Title 38 – Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans Relief

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2018-08-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentAutomatic Burial Benefits for Previously Unestablished Surviving SpousesThis final rule amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation governing persons who may receive VA burial benefits on behalf of a deceased veteran. As amended, the regulation reflects VA's current policy of paying an automatic burial...2018-17274"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-13/pdf/2018-17274.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/13/2018-17274/automatic-burial-benefits-for-previously-unestablished-surviving-spousesThis final rule amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation governing persons who may receive VA burial benefits on behalf of a deceased veteran. As amended, the regulation reflects VA's current policy of paying an automatic burial benefit to surviving spouses who were not established in VA systems as a veteran's spouse at the time of the veteran's death. The intended effect of this amendment is to ensure that a veteran's surviving spouse receives burial benefits to which he or she is entitled at the earliest possible time.
2018-08-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Claims and Appeals ModernizationThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its claims adjudication, appeals, and Rules of Practice of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) regulations. In addition, VA proposes to revise its regulations with respect to...2018-15754"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-10/pdf/2018-15754.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/10/2018-15754/va-claims-and-appeals-modernizationThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its claims adjudication, appeals, and Rules of Practice of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) regulations. In addition, VA proposes to revise its regulations with respect to accreditation of attorneys, agents, and Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representatives; the standards of conduct for persons practicing before VA; and the rules governing fees for representation. This rulemaking is needed to implement the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act. That law amended the procedures applicable to administrative review and appeal of VA decisions denying claims for benefits, creating a new, modernized review system. Unless otherwise specified, VA intends to make the proposed regulatory changes applicable to claims processed under the new review system, which generally applies where an initial VA decision on a claim is provided on or after the effective date or where a claimant has elected to opt into the new review system under established procedures.
2018-08-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSchedule for Rating Disabilities: Skin; CorrectionThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule amending its Schedule for Rating Disabilities regulations pertaining to the skin body system in the Federal Register on Friday, July 13, 2018. VA has since determined that certain language...2018-16859"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-08-07/pdf/2018-16859.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/07/2018-16859/schedule-for-rating-disabilities-skin-correctionThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule amending its Schedule for Rating Disabilities regulations pertaining to the skin body system in the Federal Register on Friday, July 13, 2018. VA has since determined that certain language added to the final rule was unintended and could be construed to prevent appropriate disability compensation ratings from being assigned to veterans. Therefore, VA is issuing this technical correction to ensure that skin disabilities are rated correctly.
2018-07-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentFiduciary ActivitiesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its fiduciary program regulations, which govern the oversight of beneficiaries, who because of injury, disease, or age, are unable to manage their VA benefits, and the appointment and oversight of...2018-14856"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-13/pdf/2018-14856.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/13/2018-14856/fiduciary-activitiesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its fiduciary program regulations, which govern the oversight of beneficiaries, who because of injury, disease, or age, are unable to manage their VA benefits, and the appointment and oversight of fiduciaries for these vulnerable beneficiaries. The amendments will update and reorganize regulations consistent with current law, VA policies and procedures, and VA's reorganization of its fiduciary activities. They will also clarify the rights of beneficiaries in the program, and the roles of VA and fiduciaries in ensuring that VA benefits are managed in the best interest of beneficiaries and their dependents. The amendments to this rulemaking are mostly mandatory to comply with the law. They are also in line with the law's goals to streamline and modernize the fiduciary program and process. These amendments by Congress, reduce unnecessary regulations, streamline and modernize processes, and improve services for Veterans. Furthermore, VA is unable to alter proposed amendments that directly implement mandatory statutory provisions.
2018-07-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSchedule for Rating Disabilities: SkinOn August 12, 2016, VA published in the Federal Register the proposed rule for Schedule for Rating Disabilities: Skin. VA received multiple responses during the 60-day comment period. This final rule implements the Secretary's proposed rule with...2018-14957"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-13/pdf/2018-14957.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/13/2018-14957/schedule-for-rating-disabilities-skinOn August 12, 2016, VA published in the Federal Register the proposed rule for Schedule for Rating Disabilities: Skin. VA received multiple responses during the 60-day comment period. This final rule implements the Secretary's proposed rule with limited revisions.
2018-07-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentExclusion of Gender Alterations From the Medical Benefits PackageOn May 9, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received a Petition for Rulemaking petitioning VA to amend its medical regulations by removing a provision that excludes ``gender alterations'' from its medical benefits package. The effect of the...2018-14629"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-09/pdf/2018-14629.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/09/2018-14629/exclusion-of-gender-alterations-from-the-medical-benefits-packageOn May 9, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received a Petition for Rulemaking petitioning VA to amend its medical regulations by removing a provision that excludes ``gender alterations'' from its medical benefits package. The effect of the amendment sought by the petitioners would be to authorize gender alteration surgery as part of VA care when medically necessary. VA seeks comments on the petition to assist in determining whether to amend the medical benefits package and eliminate the exclusion of gender alteration from VA's medical benefits package.
2018-07-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThird Party Billing for Medical Care Provided Under Special Treatment AuthoritiesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations to clarify that VA will not bill third party payers for care and services provided by VA under certain statutory provisions, which we refer to as ``special treatment...2018-14573"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-06/pdf/2018-14573.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/06/2018-14573/third-party-billing-for-medical-care-provided-under-special-treatment-authoritiesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations to clarify that VA will not bill third party payers for care and services provided by VA under certain statutory provisions, which we refer to as ``special treatment authorities.'' These special treatment authorities direct VA to provide care and services to veterans based upon discrete exposures or experiences that occurred during active military, naval, or air service. VA is authorized, but not required by law, to recover or collect charges for care and services provided to veterans for non-service-connected disabilities. This rule establishes that VA will not exercise its authority to recover or collect reasonable charges from third party payers for care and services provided under the special treatment authorities.
2018-06-25RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentMedical Care in Foreign Countries and Filing for Reimbursement for Community Care Not Previously Authorized by VAThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with no changes, a proposed rule amending its medical regulations related to hospital care and medical services in foreign countries. We simplified and clarified the scope of these regulations,...2018-13487"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-25/pdf/2018-13487.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/25/2018-13487/medical-care-in-foreign-countries-and-filing-for-reimbursement-for-community-care-not-previouslyThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with no changes, a proposed rule amending its medical regulations related to hospital care and medical services in foreign countries. We simplified and clarified the scope of these regulations, address medical services provided to eligible veterans in the Republic of the Philippines, and removed provisions related to grants to the Republic of the Philippines that are no longer supported by statutory authority. VA also amends its medical regulations related to filing claims for reimbursement of medical expenses incurred for VA care not previously authorized. We provided a 60-day period to receive comments from the public on the proposed changes, and received no comments. VA adopts the proposed rule as final, with no changes.
2018-06-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date of Revisions While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into...2018-13187"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-19/pdf/2018-13187.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/19/2018-13187/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-six-month-delay-of-the-general-compliance-dateIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, a number of federal departments and agencies revised to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (often referred to as the ``Common Rule''), which each department and agency adopted into regulations in its part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same changes in a final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised Common Rule was scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of the same date. By an interim final rule issued on January 17, 2018 and published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2018, federal departments and agencies delayed the effective date and the general compliance date for the revised Common Rule for a 6-month period, until July 19, 2018. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an interim final rule adopting the same regulatory changes on January 26, 2018. The revised Common Rule, including technical amendments made by the January 22, 2018 interim final rule, is referred to here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' On April 20, 2018, the federal departments and agencies listed here published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing and seeking comments as to whether the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements should be delayed for an additional 6-month period. The NPRM also proposed and sought comments on whether to allow regulated entities to implement certain burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements in specified circumstances during such continued delay period. Through this final rule, we are adopting the proposals described in the April 20, 2018 NPRM. This rule delays the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional 6-month period, until January 21, 2019. As a result of this delay, regulated entities will be required, with an exception, to continue to comply with the requirements of the pre-2018 version of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. The one exception to this general rule is that institutions will be permitted (but not required) to implement, for certain research, three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements during the delay period (July 19, 2018, through January 20, 2019). Those three provisions are: The revised definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research covered by the Common Rule; the elimination of the requirement for annual continuing review with respect to certain categories of research; and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications or other funding proposals related to the research. Institutions taking advantage of the three-burden reducing provisions must comply with all other pre-2018 Requirements during the delay period. The three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements can only be implemented during the delay period with respect to studies initiated prior to January 21, 2019 that will transition to compliance with the revised Common Rule. Any study that implements these three burden-reducing provisions during the delay period must, beginning on January 21, 2019, comply with all of the 2018 Requirements for the balance of the study's duration.
2018-06-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentCase Management Services Grant ProgramThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern programs benefitting homeless veterans to implement a new statutory requirement to establish a new grant program that will provide case management services to improve the...2018-12048"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-05/pdf/2018-12048.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/05/2018-12048/case-management-services-grant-programThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern programs benefitting homeless veterans to implement a new statutory requirement to establish a new grant program that will provide case management services to improve the retention of housing by veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing and to veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. The grant program established by this interim final rule will be an essential part of VA's attempts to eliminate homelessness among the veteran population.
2018-05-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentExpanded Access to Non-VA Care Through the Veterans Choice ProgramThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with no change, an interim final rule revising its medical regulations that implement section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, as amended, (hereafter referred...2018-10054"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-11/pdf/2018-10054.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/11/2018-10054/expanded-access-to-non-va-care-through-the-veterans-choice-programThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with no change, an interim final rule revising its medical regulations that implement section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, as amended, (hereafter referred to as ``the Choice Act''), which requires VA to establish a program (hereafter referred to as the ``Veterans Choice Program'' or the ``Program'') to furnish hospital care and medical services through eligible non-VA health care providers to eligible veterans who either cannot be seen within the wait-time goals of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) or who qualify based on their place of residence or face an unusual or excessive burden in traveling to a VA medical facility. Those revisions contained in the interim final rule, which is now adopted as final, were required by amendments to the Choice Act made by the Construction Authorization and Choice Improvement Act of 2014, and by the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015. VA published an interim final rule on December 1, 2015, implementing those regulatory revisions, and we received seven public comments. This final rule responds to those public comments and does not make any further regulatory revisions.
2018-05-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentAuthority of Health Care Providers To Practice TelehealthThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations by standardizing the delivery of care by VA health care providers through telehealth. This rule ensures that VA health care providers can offer the same level of care to all...2018-10114"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-11/pdf/2018-10114.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/11/2018-10114/authority-of-health-care-providers-to-practice-telehealthThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations by standardizing the delivery of care by VA health care providers through telehealth. This rule ensures that VA health care providers can offer the same level of care to all beneficiaries, irrespective of the State or location in a State of the VA health care provider or the beneficiary. This final rule achieves important Federal interests by increasing the availability of mental health, specialty, and general clinical care for all beneficiaries.
2018-05-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSpecial Monthly Compensation for Veterans With Traumatic Brain InjuryThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations to add an additional compensation benefit for veterans with residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This final rule incorporates in regulations a benefit authorized by the...2018-09736"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-08/pdf/2018-09736.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/08/2018-09736/special-monthly-compensation-for-veterans-with-traumatic-brain-injuryThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations to add an additional compensation benefit for veterans with residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This final rule incorporates in regulations a benefit authorized by the enactment of the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010. The Veterans' Benefits Act authorizes special monthly compensation (SMC) for veterans with TBI who are in need of aid and attendance, and in the absence of such aid and attendance, would require hospitalization, nursing home care, or other residential institutional care.
2018-04-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVeterans' Group Life Insurance Increased CoverageCurrent statutory provisions provide Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) insureds under the age of 60 with the opportunity to increase their VGLI coverage by $25,000 not more than once in each 5- year period beginning on the 1-year anniversary of the...2018-08855"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-27/pdf/2018-08855.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/27/2018-08855/veterans-group-life-insurance-increased-coverageCurrent statutory provisions provide Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) insureds under the age of 60 with the opportunity to increase their VGLI coverage by $25,000 not more than once in each 5- year period beginning on the 1-year anniversary of the date a person becomes insured under VGLI. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its VGLI regulations to establish a permanent regulatory framework for such elections of increased coverage. The proposed rule would also clarify that coverage increases in an amount less than $25,000 are available only when existing VGLI coverage is within $25,000 of the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance current maximum of $400,000, and any increases of less than $25,000 must be only in an amount that would bring the insurance coverage up to the statutory maximum.
2018-04-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentEligibility for Supplemental Service-Disabled Veterans' InsuranceThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in this final rule, amends its regulations governing the Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance (S-DVI) program in order to explain that a person who was granted S-DVI as of the date of death is not eligible for...2018-08854"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-27/pdf/2018-08854.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/27/2018-08854/eligibility-for-supplemental-service-disabled-veterans-insuranceThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in this final rule, amends its regulations governing the Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance (S-DVI) program in order to explain that a person who was granted S-DVI as of the date of death is not eligible for supplemental S-DVI because the insured's total disability did not begin after the date of the insured's application for insurance and while the insurance was in force under premium-paying conditions.
2018-04-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentApproval Criteria for Rates Charged for Community Residential CareThis document proposes to amend the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation governing standards applicable to a community residential care facility (CRC) approved by VA. This regulation also addresses the amount that a veteran may be charged for...2018-08386"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-24/pdf/2018-08386.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/24/2018-08386/approval-criteria-for-rates-charged-for-community-residential-careThis document proposes to amend the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation governing standards applicable to a community residential care facility (CRC) approved by VA. This regulation also addresses the amount that a veteran may be charged for residence in a CRC and how VA determines whether that rate is appropriate. Payment for the charges of CRC care is not the responsibility of the federal government or VA. The cost of community residential care is financed by the veteran's own resources, and the resident or an authorized personal representative and a representative of the community residential care facility must agree upon the charge and payment procedures for community residential care. VA reviews and has approval authority over this agreement. We propose to amend and update the criteria VA uses to determine whether the rate for care charged to a veteran residing in an approved CRC is appropriate, to clarify how VA determines whether a CRC rate should be approved, and to make the regulation consistent with current VA practice. In addition, we propose to define in regulation the level of care that must be provided to a veteran residing in a CRC.
2018-04-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentTechnical Correction to Combined Ratings TableThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published, in the Federal Register of March 18, 1976, a final rule amending its Schedule For Rating Disabilities regulations. The amendment, which was accurately reflected in the Federal Register document, was...2018-08512"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-24/pdf/2018-08512.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/24/2018-08512/technical-correction-to-combined-ratings-tableThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published, in the Federal Register of March 18, 1976, a final rule amending its Schedule For Rating Disabilities regulations. The amendment, which was accurately reflected in the Federal Register document, was subsequently misprinted when included in Part 4 of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations. Therefore, VA is correcting this misprint which contained two typographical errors found in Table I of the Combined Ratings Table.
2018-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Proposed Six Month Delay of the General Compliance Date While Allowing the Use of Three Burden-Reducing Provisions During the Delay PeriodIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the...2018-08231"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-20/pdf/2018-08231.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/20/2018-08231/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-proposed-six-month-delay-of-the-generalIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``2018 Requirements''). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The 2018 Requirements were scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). The departments and agencies listed in this document have also published an interim final rule delaying the effective date and general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for six months, to cover the time period of January 19, 2018 until July 19, 2018. As per the interim final rule, the effective date of the 2018 Requirements is now July 19, 2018. The departments and agencies listed in this document propose delaying the general compliance date for the 2018 Requirements for an additional six months, for the time period of July 19, 2018 until January 21, 2019. This proposed rule is intended to provide additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements. This proposed rule, if finalized, would require regulated entities to continue to comply with the requirements of the current Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter the ``pre-2018 Requirements'') until January 21, 2019. This proposal also takes comment on whether to permit institutions to implement, for certain research studies, the following provisions in the 2018 Requirements during the period from July 19, 2018, until January 21, 2019, that the general compliance date is delayed. Those three provisions, intended to reduce burdens on regulated entities, are the 2018 Requirements' definition of ``research,'' which deems certain activities not to be research, the allowance for no annual continuing review of certain categories of research, and the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications related to the research. The way that this option is proposed, regulated entities would be required to comply with all pre- 2018 Requirements during the period that the general compliance date is delayed, except for provisions substituted by the three burden-reducing provisions of the 2018 Requirements. As described in section III, below, this flexibility is proposed only for studies for which an institution makes a choice to transition to comply with the 2018 Requirements, beginning on July 19, 2018. In order to clearly describe this proposed flexibility, including how it would impact institutions choosing to transition research to comply with the 2018 Requirements, this document proposes a redrafted transition provision.
2018-04-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSchedule for Rating Disabilities: The Organs of Special Sense and Schedule of Ratings-EyeThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is revising the portion of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or rating schedule) that addresses the organs of special sense and schedule of ratings--eye. The final rule incorporates medical advances...2018-06928"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-10/pdf/2018-06928.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/10/2018-06928/schedule-for-rating-disabilities-the-organs-of-special-sense-and-schedule-of-ratings-eyeThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is revising the portion of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or rating schedule) that addresses the organs of special sense and schedule of ratings--eye. The final rule incorporates medical advances that have occurred since the last review, updates current medical terminology, and provides clearer evaluation criteria.
2018-04-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSchedule for Rating Disabilities; Gynecological Conditions and Disorders of the BreastThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) by revising the portion of the rating schedule that addresses gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast. The effect of this action is to...2018-07081"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-09/pdf/2018-07081.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/09/2018-07081/schedule-for-rating-disabilities-gynecological-conditions-and-disorders-of-the-breastThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) by revising the portion of the rating schedule that addresses gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast. The effect of this action is to ensure that this portion of the rating schedule uses current medical terminology and to provide detailed and updated criteria for evaluation of gynecological conditions and disorders of the breast.
2018-04-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Compensation and Pension Regulation Rewrite ProjectThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on November 27, 2013, proposing to reorganize and rewrite its compensation and pension regulations in a logical, claimant focused, and...2018-07078"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-06/pdf/2018-07078.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/06/2018-07078/va-compensation-and-pension-regulation-rewrite-projectThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on November 27, 2013, proposing to reorganize and rewrite its compensation and pension regulations in a logical, claimant focused, and user-friendly format. The intended effect of the proposed revisions was to assist claimants, beneficiaries, veterans' representatives, and VA personnel in locating and understanding these regulations. VA has since determined that an incremental approach to revising these regulations is the only feasible method for the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) as it exists today. Therefore, VA is withdrawing the proposed rule, RIN 2900-AO13-VA Compensation and Pension Regulation Rewrite Project, that was published on November 27, 2013, at 78 FR 71,042.
2018-04-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentDefinition of Domiciliary CareThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its rule defining domiciliary care, to accurately reflect the scope of services currently provided under the Domiciliary Care Program. VA's Domiciliary Care Program provides a temporary home to...2018-07082"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-06/pdf/2018-07082.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/06/2018-07082/definition-of-domiciliary-careThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its rule defining domiciliary care, to accurately reflect the scope of services currently provided under the Domiciliary Care Program. VA's Domiciliary Care Program provides a temporary home to certain veterans, which includes the furnishing of shelter, goods, clothing and other comforts of home, as well as medical services. In 2005 VA designated its Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP) as a type of domiciliary care. MH RRTP provides clinically intensive residential rehabilitative services to certain mental health patient populations. We propose to amend the definition of domiciliary care to reflect that domiciliary care includes MH RRTP. In addition, VA domiciliary care, as a matter of long-standing practice, includes non-permanent housing, but this is not clear in the regulation. The proposed rule would clarify that domiciliary care provides temporary, not permanent, residence to affected veterans.
2018-04-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRelease of Information From Department of Veterans Affairs' RecordsThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) regulations governing the submission and processing of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act in order to reorganize, streamline, and...2018-06097"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-05/pdf/2018-06097.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/05/2018-06097/release-of-information-from-department-of-veterans-affairs-recordsThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) regulations governing the submission and processing of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act in order to reorganize, streamline, and clarify existing regulations.
2018-03-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentElectronic Submission of Certain Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, and Veterans' Group Life Insurance FormsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in this final rule amends its regulations governing the Servicemembers' and Veterans' Group Life Insurance programs to provide that certain Servicemembers' Group Life insurance (SGLI), Family SGLI (FSGLI), and...2018-04877"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-12/pdf/2018-04877.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/12/2018-04877/electronic-submission-of-certain-servicemembers-group-life-insurance-family-servicemembers-groupThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in this final rule amends its regulations governing the Servicemembers' and Veterans' Group Life Insurance programs to provide that certain Servicemembers' Group Life insurance (SGLI), Family SGLI (FSGLI), and Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) applications, elections, and beneficiary designations, required by statute to be ``written'' or ``in writing,'' would include those that are digitally or electronically signed and submitted via an agency-approved electronic means. This document adopts as a final rule, with minor changes, the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on September 6, 2017.
2018-03-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentReimbursement of Qualifying Adoption Expenses for Certain VeteransThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulation to provide for reimbursement of qualifying adoption expenses incurred by a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the...2018-04245"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-05/pdf/2018-04245.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/05/2018-04245/reimbursement-of-qualifying-adoption-expenses-for-certain-veteransThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulation to provide for reimbursement of qualifying adoption expenses incurred by a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. Under the Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act, VA may use funds appropriated or otherwise made available to VA for the ``Medical Services'' account to provide adoption reimbursement to these veterans. Under the law, reimbursement may be for the adoption-related expenses for an adoption that is finalized after the date of the enactment of this Act under the same terms as apply under the adoption reimbursement program of the Department of Defense (DoD), as authorized in DoD Instruction 1341.09, including the reimbursement limits and requirements set forth in such instruction. This rulemaking implements the new adoption reimbursement benefit for covered veterans.
2018-03-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentFederal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act AmendmentsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing public notice of inflationary adjustments to the maximum civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by VA, as implemented by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act...2018-04241"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-02/pdf/2018-04241.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/02/2018-04241/federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-amendmentsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing public notice of inflationary adjustments to the maximum civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by VA, as implemented by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, for calendar year 2018. VA may impose civil monetary penalties for false loan guaranty certifications. Also, VA may impose civil monetary penalties for fraudulent claims or written statements made in connection with VA programs generally. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, sets forth a formula that increases the maximum statutory amounts for civil monetary penalties and directs VA to give public notice of the new maximum amounts by regulation. Accordingly, VA is providing notice of the calendar year 2018 inflationary adjustments that increase maximum civil monetary penalties from $21,916 to $22,363 for false loan guaranty certifications and from $10,957 to $11,181 for fraudulent claims or written statements made in connection with VA programs generally.
2018-01-31Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentMedical Care in Foreign Countries and Filing for Reimbursement for Community Care Not Previously Authorized by VAThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations related to hospital care and medical services in foreign countries. We would amend the regulations to simplify and clarify the scope of these rules. We would address...2018-01865"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-31/pdf/2018-01865.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/31/2018-01865/medical-care-in-foreign-countries-and-filing-for-reimbursement-for-community-care-not-previouslyThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations related to hospital care and medical services in foreign countries. We would amend the regulations to simplify and clarify the scope of these rules. We would address medical services provided to eligible veterans in the Republic of the Philippines, and remove regulations related to grants to the Republic of the Philippines that are no longer supported by statutory authority. VA also proposes to amend its medical regulations related to filing claims for reimbursement of medical expenses incurred for VA care not previously authorized.
2018-01-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects: Delay of the Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory...2018-00997"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-22/pdf/2018-00997.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/22/2018-00997/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-delay-of-the-revisions-to-the-federal-policy-forIn a final rule published on January 19, 2017, federal departments and agencies listed in this document made revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) adopted the same regulatory changes in a separate final rule published on September 18, 2017. The revised policy, reflected in both final rules, is described here as the ``2018 Requirements.'' The 2018 Requirements are scheduled to become effective on January 19, 2018, with a general compliance date of January 19, 2018 (with the exception of the revisions to the cooperative research provision). This interim final rule delays the effective date and general compliance date of the 2018 Requirements to July 19, 2018. The federal departments and agencies listed in this document are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements. The limited implementation delay accomplished by this interim final rule both provides additional time to regulated entities for the preparations necessary to implement the 2018 Requirements, and additional time for the departments and agencies listed in this document to seek input from interested stakeholders through a notice and comment rulemaking process that allows for public engagement on the proposal for a further implementation delay.
2018-01-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentConsent for Release of VA Medical RecordsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations to clarify that a valid consent authorizing the Department to release the patient's confidential VA medical records to a health information exchange (HIE) community partner may...2018-00758"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-19/pdf/2018-00758.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/19/2018-00758/consent-for-release-of-va-medical-recordsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations to clarify that a valid consent authorizing the Department to release the patient's confidential VA medical records to a health information exchange (HIE) community partner may be established not only by VA's physical possession of the written consent form, but also by the HIE community partner's written (electronic) attestation that the patient has, in fact, provided such consent. This proposed rule would be a reinterpretation of an existing, long-standing regulation and is necessary to facilitate modern requirements for the sharing of patient records with community health care providers, health plans, governmental agencies, and other entities participating in electronic HIEs. This revision would ensure that more community health care providers and other HIE community partners can deliver informed medical care to patients by having access to the patient's VA medical records at the point of care.
2018-01-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentCivilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans AffairsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations governing the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA). The proposed revisions would clarify and update these regulations to conform to...2018-00332"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-17/pdf/2018-00332.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/17/2018-00332/civilian-health-and-medical-program-of-the-department-of-veterans-affairsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations governing the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA). The proposed revisions would clarify and update these regulations to conform to changes in law and policy that control the administration of CHAMPVA and would include details concerning the administration of CHAMPVA that are not reflected in current regulations. The proposed revisions would also expand covered services and supplies to include certain preventive services and eliminate cost-share amounts and deductibles for certain covered services.
2018-01-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification GuidelinesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its regulations governing VA's Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Program. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (``the NDAA''), Public Law 114-840,...2017-27715"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-10/pdf/2017-27715.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/10/2017-27715/va-veteran-owned-small-business-vosb-verification-guidelinesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its regulations governing VA's Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Program. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (``the NDAA''), Public Law 114-840, placed the responsibility for issuing regulations relating to ownership and control for the verification of VOSBs with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). This proposed regulation seeks to remove all references to ownership and control and to add and clarify certain terms and references that are currently part of the verification process. The NDAA also provides that in certain circumstances a firm can qualify as VOSB or Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) when there is a surviving spouse or an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
2018-01-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentReimbursement for Emergency TreatmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) revises its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service-connected conditions at non-VA facilities to implement the requirements of a recent court decision....2018-00232"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-09/pdf/2018-00232.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/09/2018-00232/reimbursement-for-emergency-treatmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) revises its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service-connected conditions at non-VA facilities to implement the requirements of a recent court decision. Specifically, this rulemaking expands eligibility for payment or reimbursement to include veterans who receive partial payment from a health-plan contract for non-VA emergency treatment and establishes a corresponding reimbursement methodology. This rulemaking also expands the eligibility criteria for veterans to receive payment or reimbursement for emergency transportation associated with the emergency treatment, in order to ensure that veterans are adequately covered when emergency transportation is a necessary part of their non-VA emergency treatment.
2017-12-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentExtra-Schedular Evaluations for Individual DisabilitiesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulation pertaining to extra-schedular consideration of a service-connected disability in exceptional compensation cases. This rule clarifies that an extra-schedular evaluation is to be...2017-26523"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-08/pdf/2017-26523.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/08/2017-26523/extra-schedular-evaluations-for-individual-disabilitiesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulation pertaining to extra-schedular consideration of a service-connected disability in exceptional compensation cases. This rule clarifies that an extra-schedular evaluation is to be applied to an individual service-connected disability when the disability is so exceptional or unusual that it makes application of the regular rating schedule impractical. An extra-schedular evaluation may not be based on the combined effect of more than one service-connected disability. For the reasons set forth in the proposed rule and in this final rule, VA is adopting the proposed rule as final, with two changes, as explained below.
2017-11-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentThird Party Billing for Medical Care Provided Under Special Treatment AuthoritiesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations to clarify that VA will not bill third party payers for care and services provided by VA under certain statutory provisions, which we refer to as ``special treatment...2017-25269"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-22/pdf/2017-25269.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/22/2017-25269/third-party-billing-for-medical-care-provided-under-special-treatment-authoritiesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations to clarify that VA will not bill third party payers for care and services provided by VA under certain statutory provisions, which we refer to as ``special treatment authorities.'' These special treatment authorities direct VA to provide care and services to veterans based upon discrete exposures or experiences that occurred during active military, naval, or air service. VA is authorized, but not required by law, to recover or collect charges for care and services provided to veterans for non-service connected disabilities. This proposed rule would establish that VA would not exercise its authority to recover or collect reasonable charges from third party payers for care and services provided under the special treatment authorities.
2017-11-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Nomenclature Change for Position Title-RevisionThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule in the Federal Register on May 2, 2016, which amended a number of regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to authorize personnel hired by VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and...2017-24949"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-17/pdf/2017-24949.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/17/2017-24949/va-vocational-rehabilitation-and-employment-nomenclature-change-for-position-title-revisionThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule in the Federal Register on May 2, 2016, which amended a number of regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to authorize personnel hired by VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service under the title ``Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor'' (VRC) to make the same determinations with respect to Chapter 31 services and benefits as personnel who had been hired under the title ``Counseling Psychologist'' (CP). The preamble to that final rule cited supporting documents inaccurately and failed to properly explain the qualifications for and duties of this VR&E position responsible for making determinations with respect to Chapter 31 services and benefits. This interim final rule corrects those inaccuracies, more clearly explains the basis for the final rule, and invites public comment on the changes made to VA's regulations in the May 2, 2016, final rule.
2017-11-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentEcclesiastical Endorsing OrganizationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations by establishing in regulation the eligibility requirements that ecclesiastical endorsing organizations must meet in order to provide ecclesiastical endorsements of individuals...2017-24320"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-08/pdf/2017-24320.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/08/2017-24320/ecclesiastical-endorsing-organizationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations by establishing in regulation the eligibility requirements that ecclesiastical endorsing organizations must meet in order to provide ecclesiastical endorsements of individuals seeking employment as VA chaplains, or of individuals who are seeking to be engaged by VA under contract or appointed as on-facility fee basis VA chaplains under the United States Code. VA considers veterans' spiritual care an integral part of their overall health care. As such, VA is committed to providing qualified VA chaplains to address the veterans' spiritual needs by engaging chaplains that are ecclesiastically endorsed. Ecclesiastical endorsement certifies that the individual is qualified to perform all the religious sacraments, rites, rituals, ceremonies and ordinances needed by members of a particular faith.
2017-11-03RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentHomeless VeteransThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern homeless veterans to conform to recent statutory requirements. VA is amending the definition of homeless veterans by including veterans who would otherwise be ineligible to...2017-23945"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-03/pdf/2017-23945.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/03/2017-23945/homeless-veteransThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern homeless veterans to conform to recent statutory requirements. VA is amending the definition of homeless veterans by including veterans who would otherwise be ineligible to receive certain benefits because of their length of service or type of discharge from the Armed Forces. This rule will also increase the payment of per diem in cases where homeless veterans are placed in transitional housing that will become permanent housing. This final rule is an essential part of VA's attempts to eliminate homelessness among the veteran population.
2017-11-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSchedule for Rating Disabilities; The Endocrine SystemThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) by revising the portion of the Schedule that addresses endocrine conditions and disorders of the endocrine system. The effect of this action is to...2017-23044"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-02/pdf/2017-23044.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/02/2017-23044/schedule-for-rating-disabilities-the-endocrine-systemThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) by revising the portion of the Schedule that addresses endocrine conditions and disorders of the endocrine system. The effect of this action is to ensure that the VASRD uses current medical terminology and to provide detailed and updated criteria for evaluation of endocrine disorders.
2017-10-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentExtension of the Presumptive Period for Compensation for Gulf War VeteransThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this final rule to affirm its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War. This...2017-22970"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-24/pdf/2017-22970.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/24/2017-22970/extension-of-the-presumptive-period-for-compensation-for-gulf-war-veteransThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this final rule to affirm its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War. This amendment is necessary to extend the period during which disabilities associated with undiagnosed illnesses and medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses must become manifest in order for a Veteran to be eligible for compensation. The intended effect of this amendment is to provide consistency in VA adjudication policy, preserve certain rights afforded to Persian Gulf War (GW) veterans, and ensure fairness for current and future GW veterans.
2017-10-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVeterans' Mortgage Life Insurance-Coverage AmendmentThis document amends Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations governing the Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) program in order to provide VMLI-eligible individuals the option to lower their premiums by purchasing less than the minimum...2017-22667"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-19/pdf/2017-22667.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/19/2017-22667/veterans-mortgage-life-insurance-coverage-amendmentThis document amends Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations governing the Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) program in order to provide VMLI-eligible individuals the option to lower their premiums by purchasing less than the minimum coverage amount required under current VA regulations. The final rule also amends current VA regulations to reflect that the statutory maximum amount of coverage available under the VMLI program was previously increased to $200,000, to define the term ``eligible individual,'' and to clarify that eligibility for VMLI coverage has been extended to include servicemembers as well as veterans.
2017-10-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentProsthetic and Rehabilitative Items and ServicesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to revise its medical regulations related to providing prosthetic and rehabilitative items as medical services to veterans. These revisions would reorganize and update the current regulations related to...2017-22358"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-16/pdf/2017-22358.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/16/2017-22358/prosthetic-and-rehabilitative-items-and-servicesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to revise its medical regulations related to providing prosthetic and rehabilitative items as medical services to veterans. These revisions would reorganize and update the current regulations related to prosthetic and rehabilitative items, primarily to clarify eligibility for prosthetic and other rehabilitative items and services, and to define the types of items and services available to eligible veterans.
2017-10-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentAuthority of Health Care Providers To Practice TelehealthThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations by standardizing the delivery of care by VA health care providers through telehealth. This rule would ensure that VA health care providers provide the same level of care...2017-20951"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-02/pdf/2017-20951.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/02/2017-20951/authority-of-health-care-providers-to-practice-telehealthThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations by standardizing the delivery of care by VA health care providers through telehealth. This rule would ensure that VA health care providers provide the same level of care to all beneficiaries, irrespective of the State or location in a State of the VA health care provider or the beneficiary. This proposed rule would achieve important Federal interests by increasing the availability of mental health, specialty, and general clinical care for all beneficiaries.
2017-09-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentElectronic Submission of Certain Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, and Veterans' Group Life Insurance FormsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to add a regulation governing the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) programs to provide that certain SGLI, Family SGLI (FSGLI) and VGLI applications,...2017-18677"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-06/pdf/2017-18677.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/06/2017-18677/electronic-submission-of-certain-servicemembers-group-life-insurance-family-servicemembers-groupThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to add a regulation governing the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) programs to provide that certain SGLI, Family SGLI (FSGLI) and VGLI applications, elections, and beneficiary designations required by statute to be ``written'' or ``in writing'' would include those submitted via an agency approved electronic means that are digitally or electronically signed.
2017-09-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification GuidelinesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a rule in the Federal Register on November 6, 2015, 80 FR 68795 that proposed amending its regulations governing the VA's Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Program. The Verification...2017-18543"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-01/pdf/2017-18543.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/01/2017-18543/va-veteran-owned-small-business-verification-guidelinesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a rule in the Federal Register on November 6, 2015, 80 FR 68795 that proposed amending its regulations governing the VA's Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Verification Program. The Verification Program has been the subject of reports from both the Government Accountability Office and VA's Office of Inspector General stating that despite VA's Verification Program, fraud still exists in the Veterans First Contracting Program. Some stakeholder feedback has been that the current regulation is too open to interpretation and is unnecessarily more rigorous than similar certification programs run by the United State Small Business Administration (SBA). The proposed rule sought to clarify the eligibility requirements for businesses to obtain ``verified'' status, added and revised definitions, reordered requirements, redefined the definition of ``control,'' and provided explanatory information on VA's examination and review processes and procedures. The proposed rule additionally sought to implement new changes to community property restrictions, unconditional ownership, and day-to-day requirements and full-time requirements. An exception for majority, supermajority, unanimous, and other voting provisions for extraordinary business decisions were also proposed. Comments to the proposed rule were to be provided to the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization on or before January 5, 2016. Due to the nature of the adverse comments received, VA has determined not to pursue implementation of the rule as originally proposed. Accordingly, this document withdraws the proposed rule.
2017-09-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSupportive Services for Veteran Families ProgramThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This rulemaking clarifies VA's procedures for continuing to fund SSVF Program services in communities that have...2017-18574"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-01/pdf/2017-18574.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/01/2017-18574/supportive-services-for-veteran-families-programThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that govern the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This rulemaking clarifies VA's procedures for continuing to fund SSVF Program services in communities that have lost grants due to the non-renewal or termination of services of an existing award to a grantee. VA can now award the non-renewed or deobligated funds to other existing SSVF grantees in or near the affected community. This award of non-renewed or deobligated funds prevents potential access issues associated with grant termination. This rulemaking also reduces the number of satisfaction surveys grantees are required to provide to participants in order to reduce the burden on grantees and participants.
2017-08-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentLoan Guaranty: Loans To Purchase Manufactured Homes; CorrectionOn July 14, 1993, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule in the Federal Register amending its manufactured home loan guaranty regulations to comply with certain provisions of the Veterans' Home Loan Program Improvements and...2017-18037"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-28/pdf/2017-18037.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/28/2017-18037/loan-guaranty-loans-to-purchase-manufactured-homes-correctionOn July 14, 1993, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a final rule in the Federal Register amending its manufactured home loan guaranty regulations to comply with certain provisions of the Veterans' Home Loan Program Improvements and Property Rehabilitation Act of 1987. That document erred in redesignating certain paragraphs in the regulatory provision pertaining to maximum loan amounts and terms. This document corrects that final rule.
2017-08-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentEligibility for Supplemental Service-Disabled Veterans' InsuranceThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations governing the Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance (S-DVI) program in order to explain that a person who was granted S-DVI as of the date of death under is not eligible for...2017-17587"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-23/pdf/2017-17587.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/23/2017-17587/eligibility-for-supplemental-service-disabled-veterans-insuranceThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations governing the Service-Disabled Veterans' Insurance (S-DVI) program in order to explain that a person who was granted S-DVI as of the date of death under is not eligible for supplemental S-DVI because the insured's total disability did not begin after the date of the insured's application for insurance and while the insurance was in force under premium-paying conditions.
2017-08-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem ProgramC1-2017-15338"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-15/pdf/C1-2017-15338.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/15/C1-2017-15338/va-homeless-providers-grant-and-per-diem-program
2017-08-03RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSchedule for Rating Disabilities; Dental and Oral ConditionsThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities by revising the portion of the schedule that addresses dental and oral conditions. The effect of this action is to ensure that the rating schedule uses...2017-16132"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-03/pdf/2017-16132.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/03/2017-16132/schedule-for-rating-disabilities-dental-and-oral-conditionsThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities by revising the portion of the schedule that addresses dental and oral conditions. The effect of this action is to ensure that the rating schedule uses current medical terminology and to provide detailed and updated criteria for evaluation of dental and oral conditions for disability rating purposes.
2017-08-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentFisher Houses and Other Temporary Lodging; CorrectionThe Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting a final rule that eliminated the use of VA Form 10-0408A when veterans receiving treatment or care seek temporary lodging at a VA Fisher House for their relatives, close friends, or caregivers that was...2017-16196"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-02/pdf/2017-16196.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/02/2017-16196/fisher-houses-and-other-temporary-lodging-correctionThe Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting a final rule that eliminated the use of VA Form 10-0408A when veterans receiving treatment or care seek temporary lodging at a VA Fisher House for their relatives, close friends, or caregivers that was published in the Federal Register (82 FR 26592) on June 8, 2017.
2017-08-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentLoan Guaranty: Vendee Loan FeesThis document adopts as final a proposed rule of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Service to amend its regulations to establish reasonable fees that VA may charge in connection with the origination and servicing of vendee loans...2017-16106"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-02/pdf/2017-16106.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/02/2017-16106/loan-guaranty-vendee-loan-feesThis document adopts as final a proposed rule of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Service to amend its regulations to establish reasonable fees that VA may charge in connection with the origination and servicing of vendee loans made by VA. Fees mentioned in this rulemaking are consistent with those charged in the private mortgage industry, and such fees will help VA to ensure the sustainability of this vendee loan program. The loans that will be subject to the fees are not veterans' benefits. This rule will also ensure that all direct and vendee loans made by the Secretary are safe harbor qualified mortgages.
2017-08-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program; CorrectionThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Affairs is correcting a proposed rule that proposes to amend its regulations concerning the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program that was published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2017....2017-16179"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-02/pdf/2017-16179.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/02/2017-16179/va-homeless-providers-grant-and-per-diem-program-correctionThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Affairs is correcting a proposed rule that proposes to amend its regulations concerning the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program that was published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2017. These corrections address technical errors in the proposed rule.
2017-08-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSchedule for Rating Disabilities; Musculoskeletal System and Muscle InjuriesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to revise the regulations that involve the Musculoskeletal System within the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (``VASRD'' or ``Rating Schedule''). VA proposes to rename certain diagnostic codes, revise...2017-15766"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-01/pdf/2017-15766.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/01/2017-15766/schedule-for-rating-disabilities-musculoskeletal-system-and-muscle-injuriesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to revise the regulations that involve the Musculoskeletal System within the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (``VASRD'' or ``Rating Schedule''). VA proposes to rename certain diagnostic codes, revise rating criteria, give new rating guidance, add new codes, and remove obsolete codes. These revisions would incorporate medical terminology more recent than the last comprehensive review, as well as simplify the rating process.
2017-07-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentEnsuring a Safe Environment for Community Residential Care Residents; CorrectionThe Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting a final rule that added to its medical regulations new standards that must be met by a Community Residential Care facility seeking approval by VA that was published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2017.2017-16034"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-31/pdf/2017-16034.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/31/2017-16034/ensuring-a-safe-environment-for-community-residential-care-residents-correctionThe Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting a final rule that added to its medical regulations new standards that must be met by a Community Residential Care facility seeking approval by VA that was published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2017.
2017-07-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSchedule for Rating Disabilities; The Genitourinary Diseases and ConditionsThe Department of Veterans Affairs proposes to amend the portion of the Schedule for Rating Disabilities that addresses the genitourinary system. The purpose of this change is to update current medical terminology, incorporate medical advances that...2017-15765"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-28/pdf/2017-15765.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/28/2017-15765/schedule-for-rating-disabilities-the-genitourinary-diseases-and-conditionsThe Department of Veterans Affairs proposes to amend the portion of the Schedule for Rating Disabilities that addresses the genitourinary system. The purpose of this change is to update current medical terminology, incorporate medical advances that have occurred since the last review, and provide well-defined criteria in accordance with actual, standard medical clinical practice. The proposed rule reflects the most up-to-date medical knowledge and clinical practice of nephrology and urology specialties, as well as comments from subject matter experts and the public garnered during a public forum held January 27-28, 2011.
2017-07-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem ProgramThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations concerning the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program. These amendments would provide GPD with increased flexibility to: respond to the changing needs of homeless...2017-15338"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-25/pdf/2017-15338.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/25/2017-15338/va-homeless-providers-grant-and-per-diem-programThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations concerning the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program. These amendments would provide GPD with increased flexibility to: respond to the changing needs of homeless veterans; repurpose existing and future funds more efficiently; and allow recipients the ability to add, modify, or eliminate components of funded programs. The proposed rule updates these regulations to better serve our homeless veteran population and the recipients who serve them.
2017-07-25RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentEnsuring a Safe Environment for Community Residential Care ResidentsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with changes, a proposed rule governing the approval of a community residential care facility (CRC). The final rule prohibits a CRC from employing an individual who has been convicted in a court...2017-15519"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-25/pdf/2017-15519.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/25/2017-15519/ensuring-a-safe-environment-for-community-residential-care-residentsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, with changes, a proposed rule governing the approval of a community residential care facility (CRC). The final rule prohibits a CRC from employing an individual who has been convicted in a court of law of certain listed crimes within 7 years of conviction, or has had a finding within 6 months entered into an applicable State registry or with the applicable licensing authority concerning abuse, neglect, mistreatment of individuals or misappropriation of property. The CRC is required to conduct an individual assessment of suitability for employment for any conviction or finding outside either the 7 year or 6 month parameters. The CRCs is also required to develop and implement written policies and procedures that prohibit mistreatment, neglect, and abuse of residents and misappropriation of resident property. The CRC must report and investigate any allegations of abuse or mistreatment. The CRC must also screen individuals who are not CRC residents, but have direct access to a veteran living in a CRC. In addition, we are amending the rule regarding the maximum number of beds allowed in a resident's bedroom. VA published the proposed rule on November 12, 2015, and we received four public comments. We also received correspondence from a federal agency with recommendations. This final rule responds to public comments and feedback from that federal agency.
2017-07-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification GuidelinesThis document implements a portion of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to verify ownership and control of veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs),...2017-14600"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-12/pdf/2017-14600.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/12/2017-14600/va-veteran-owned-small-business-verification-guidelinesThis document implements a portion of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to verify ownership and control of veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs), including service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) in order for these firms to participate in VA acquisitions set-aside for SDVOSB/VOSBs. This rule contains a minor revision to require re-verification of SDVOSB/VOSB status once every three years rather than biennially. The purpose of this change is to reduce the administrative burden on SDVOSB/VOSBs regarding participation in VA acquisitions set asides for these types of firms.
2017-06-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentExpanded Delegation Authority for Procedures Related to Representation of ClaimantsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations on representation of claimants for VA benefits to specifically permit additional delegations of authority within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), update the titles of certain...2017-11977"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-09/pdf/2017-11977.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/09/2017-11977/expanded-delegation-authority-for-procedures-related-to-representation-of-claimantsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations on representation of claimants for VA benefits to specifically permit additional delegations of authority within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), update the titles of certain individuals and offices in OGC, and make a minor procedural clarification. These amendments are necessary to allow OGC to streamline the procedures related to representation of claimants and to ensure correct titles of certain individuals and offices in OGC are reflected in the regulations. In addition, a procedural clarification is being made by adding a sentence that was inadvertently omitted from a previous final rule.
2017-06-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentFisher Houses and Other Temporary LodgingThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations concerning Fisher House and other temporary lodging furnished by VA while a veteran is experiencing an episode of care at a VA medical facility. Such lodging is generally furnished at...2017-11888"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-08/pdf/2017-11888.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/08/2017-11888/fisher-houses-and-other-temporary-lodgingThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations concerning Fisher House and other temporary lodging furnished by VA while a veteran is experiencing an episode of care at a VA medical facility. Such lodging is generally furnished at no cost to veterans' relatives, close friends, and caregivers, because VA's experience has shown that veterans' treatment outcomes are improved by having loved ones nearby. The final rule updates current regulations and better describes the application process for this lodging along with generally reflecting current VA policy and practice.
2017-05-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentUse of Medicare Procedures To Enter Into Provider Agreements for Extended Care ServicesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on February 13, 2013, that proposed amending its regulations to allow VA to enter into provider agreements to obtain extended care services for...2017-09449"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-10/pdf/2017-09449.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/10/2017-09449/use-of-medicare-procedures-to-enter-into-provider-agreements-for-extended-care-servicesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on February 13, 2013, that proposed amending its regulations to allow VA to enter into provider agreements to obtain extended care services for Veterans from community providers. Since publication of that proposed rule, further review has led VA to conclude VA cannot achieve the proposal's goals without a statutory change. For this reason, VA withdraws the proposed rule.
2017-05-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentExtension of Pharmacy Copayments for MedicationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) notifies the public that an interim final rule freezing medication copayments for veterans in priority groups 2 through 8, published on December 7, 2016, was superseded by a final rule amending its regulations...2017-09081"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-05/pdf/2017-09081.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/05/2017-09081/extension-of-pharmacy-copayments-for-medicationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) notifies the public that an interim final rule freezing medication copayments for veterans in priority groups 2 through 8, published on December 7, 2016, was superseded by a final rule amending its regulations concerning copayments that published on December 12, 2016. The interim final rule received no public comments.
2017-05-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentPayment or Reimbursement for Certain Medical Expenses for Camp Lejeune Family MembersThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final an interim final rule addressing payment or reimbursement of certain medical expenses for family members of Camp Lejeune veterans. Under this rule, VA reimburses family members, or pays providers,...2017-09163"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-05/pdf/2017-09163.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/05/2017-09163/payment-or-reimbursement-for-certain-medical-expenses-for-camp-lejeune-family-membersThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final an interim final rule addressing payment or reimbursement of certain medical expenses for family members of Camp Lejeune veterans. Under this rule, VA reimburses family members, or pays providers, for medical expenses incurred as a result of certain illnesses and conditions that may be associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. Payment or reimbursement is made within the limitations set forth in statute and Camp Lejeune family members receive hospital care and medical services that are consistent with the manner in which we provide hospital care and medical services to Camp Lejeune veterans. The statutory authority has since been amended to also include certain veterans' family members who resided at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. This final rule will reflect that statutory change and will address public comments received in response to the interim final rule.
2017-04-13Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentLoan Guaranty: Revisions to Allowable Charges and Fees Assessed Incident to VA-Guaranteed Home LoansThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Service (LGY) is currently reviewing its regulations governing the allowable expenses that a veteran may pay or be charged in connection with obtaining a VA-guaranteed home loan. By issuing this...2017-07492"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-13/pdf/2017-07492.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/13/2017-07492/loan-guaranty-revisions-to-allowable-charges-and-fees-assessed-incident-to-va-guaranteed-home-loansThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Service (LGY) is currently reviewing its regulations governing the allowable expenses that a veteran may pay or be charged in connection with obtaining a VA-guaranteed home loan. By issuing this advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, LGY seeks comments on how the public believes VA should approach this undertaking. Although LGY identifies specific issues for discussion below, it encourages commenters to discuss any issue related to improving these specific regulations.
2017-04-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Dental Insurance ProgramThis document revises Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical regulations to reflect the codification of the authority for the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP), a program through which VA contracts with private dental insurers to offer...2017-06579"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-04/pdf/2017-06579.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/04/2017-06579/va-dental-insurance-programThis document revises Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical regulations to reflect the codification of the authority for the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP), a program through which VA contracts with private dental insurers to offer premium-based dental insurance to enrolled veterans and certain survivors and dependents of veterans. The VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016 codified the authority of the VADIP, and this final rulemaking accordingly revises the authority citation in the VA medical regulations that implement VADIP.
2017-03-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRelease of VA Records Relating to HIVThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations governing the release of VA medical records. Specifically, VA is eliminating the restriction on sharing a negative test result for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with...2017-05799"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-23/pdf/2017-05799.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/23/2017-05799/release-of-va-records-relating-to-hivThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations governing the release of VA medical records. Specifically, VA is eliminating the restriction on sharing a negative test result for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with veterans' outside providers. HIV testing is a common practice today in healthcare and the stigma of testing that may have been seen in the 1980s when HIV was first discovered is no longer prevalent. Continuing to protect negative HIV tests causes delays and an unnecessary burden on veterans when VA tries to share electronic medical information with the veterans' outside providers through electronic health information exchanges. For this same reason, VA will also eliminate restrictions on negative test results of sickle cell anemia. This final rule eliminates the current barriers to electronic medical information exchange.
2017-02-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification GuidelinesThis document implements a portion of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to verify ownership and control of veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB), including...2017-03331"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-21/pdf/2017-03331.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/21/2017-03331/va-veteran-owned-small-business-verification-guidelinesThis document implements a portion of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to verify ownership and control of veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB), including service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) in order for these firms to participate in VA acquisitions set-aside for SDVOSB/VOSBs. This interim final rule contains a minor revision to require re-verification of SDVOSB/VOSB status only every three years rather than biennially. The purpose of this change is to reduce the administrative burden on SDVOSB/VOSBs regarding participation in VA acquisitions set asides for these types of firms.
2017-02-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVeterans Benefits Administration; Loan Guaranty: Technical CorrectionsOn June 15, 2010, VA published a document in the Federal Register eliminating redundant provisions from its loan guaranty regulations following the implementation of a new electronic reporting system and redesignating the section numbers of these...2017-03329"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-21/pdf/2017-03329.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/21/2017-03329/veterans-benefits-administration-loan-guaranty-technical-correctionsOn June 15, 2010, VA published a document in the Federal Register eliminating redundant provisions from its loan guaranty regulations following the implementation of a new electronic reporting system and redesignating the section numbers of these regulations. At that time, VA did not update cross-reference citations to conform to the redesignated sections. A subsequent notice updated some, but not all, cross-reference citations. VA is now updating the remaining non- substantive, cross-reference citations for clarity and accuracy.
2017-02-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRecognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants; Delay of Effective DateIn accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action delays the effective date of the final rule (``Recognition of Tribal Organizations...2017-03328"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-21/pdf/2017-03328.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/21/2017-03328/recognition-of-tribal-organizations-for-representation-of-va-claimants-delay-of-effective-dateIn accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' this action delays the effective date of the final rule (``Recognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants'') published January 19, 2017, from February 21, 2017, until March 21, 2017.
2017-02-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentFertility Counseling and Treatment for Certain Veterans and Spouses, CorrectionThe Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, an interim final rulemaking adding a new section authorizing in vitro fertilization (IVF) for a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the...2017-03319"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-21/pdf/2017-03319.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/21/2017-03319/fertility-counseling-and-treatment-for-certain-veterans-and-spouses-correctionThe Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, an interim final rulemaking adding a new section authorizing in vitro fertilization (IVF) for a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. In addition, we added a new section authorizing VA to provide fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including IVF, to a spouse of a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. These sections contain an error regarding the expiration date VA's authority to provide health care services. This document corrects the errors and does not make any substantive change to the content of the interim final rule.
2017-01-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentFertility Counseling and Treatment for Certain Veterans and SpousesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to certain veterans and spouses. VA currently provides certain infertility services other than in vitro fertilization (IVF) to veterans...2017-00280"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2017-00280.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/19/2017-00280/fertility-counseling-and-treatment-for-certain-veterans-and-spousesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to certain veterans and spouses. VA currently provides certain infertility services other than in vitro fertilization (IVF) to veterans as part of the medical benefits package. IVF is the process of fertilization by manually fertilizing an egg, and then transferring the embryo to the uterus. This interim final rulemaking adds a new section authorizing IVF for a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. In addition, we add a new section stating that VA may provide fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including IVF, to a spouse of a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. VA will provide ART treatment, including IVF, to these veterans and spouses as specified in the Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act to the extent such services are consistent with the services available to enrolled veterans under the medical benefits package.
2017-01-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRecognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA ClaimantsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations concerning recognition of certain national, State, and regional or local organizations for purposes of VA claims representation. Specifically, this rulemaking allows the Secretary to...2017-00947"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2017-00947.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/19/2017-00947/recognition-of-tribal-organizations-for-representation-of-va-claimantsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations concerning recognition of certain national, State, and regional or local organizations for purposes of VA claims representation. Specifically, this rulemaking allows the Secretary to recognize tribal organizations in a similar manner as the Secretary recognizes State organizations. The final rule allows a tribal organization that is established and funded by one or more tribal governments to be recognized for the purpose of providing assistance on VA benefit claims. In addition, the final rule allows an employee of a tribal government to become accredited through a recognized State organization in a similar manner as a County Veterans' Service Officer (CVSO) may become accredited through a recognized State organization. The effect of this action is to address the needs of Native American populations who are geographically isolated from existing recognized Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) or who may not be utilizing other recognized VSOs due to cultural barriers or lack of familiarity with those organizations.
2017-01-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentFederal Policy for the Protection of Human SubjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule...2017-01058"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2017-01058.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/19/2017-01058/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjectsThe departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule is intended to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. These revisions are an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight.
2017-01-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRepayment by VA of Educational Loans for Certain Psychiatrists; CorrectionThe Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Federal Register on September 29, 2016, a document amending its regulations concerning the repayment of educational loans for certain psychiatrists who agree to a period of obligated service with VA....2017-00232"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-17/pdf/2017-00232.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/17/2017-00232/repayment-by-va-of-educational-loans-for-certain-psychiatrists-correctionThe Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Federal Register on September 29, 2016, a document amending its regulations concerning the repayment of educational loans for certain psychiatrists who agree to a period of obligated service with VA. The document contained several section and paragraph numbering errors. This document corrects the errors and does not make any substantive change to the content of the final rule.
2017-01-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentDiseases Associated With Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp LejeuneThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp...2017-00499"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-13/pdf/2017-00499.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/13/2017-00499/diseases-associated-with-exposure-to-contaminants-in-the-water-supply-at-camp-lejeuneThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. This final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) during this period, and who have been diagnosed with any of eight associated diseases, are presumed to have incurred or aggravated the disease in service for purposes of entitlement to VA benefits. In addition, this final rule establishes a presumption that these individuals were disabled during the relevant period of service for purposes of establishing active military service for benefits purposes. Under this presumption, affected former reservists and National Guard members have veteran status for purposes of entitlement to some VA benefits. This amendment implements a decision by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs that service connection on a presumptive basis is warranted for claimants who served at Camp Lejeune during the relevant period and for the requisite amount of time and later develop certain diseases.
2017-01-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentEcclesiastical Endorsing OrganizationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations by establishing in regulation the eligibility requirements that ecclesiastical endorsing organizations must meet in order to provide ecclesiastical endorsements of...2016-31949"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-05/pdf/2016-31949.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/05/2016-31949/ecclesiastical-endorsing-organizationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations by establishing in regulation the eligibility requirements that ecclesiastical endorsing organizations must meet in order to provide ecclesiastical endorsements of individuals seeking employment as VA chaplains or of individuals who are seeking to be engaged by VA under contract or appointed as on-facility fee basis VA chaplains under 38 U.S.C. 7405. VA considers the veterans' spiritual care an integral part of the veterans' overall health care. As such, VA is committed to providing qualified VA chaplains to address the veterans' spiritual needs by engaging chaplains that are ecclesiastically endorsed. Ecclesiastical endorsement would certify that the individual is qualified to perform all the religious sacraments, rites, rituals, ceremonies and ordinances needed by members of a particular faith.
2016-12-21Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSpecial Monthly Compensation for Veterans With Traumatic Brain InjuryThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeks to amend its adjudication regulations to add an additional benefit for veterans with residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This benefit was enacted by the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 and provides...2016-30509"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-21/pdf/2016-30509.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/21/2016-30509/special-monthly-compensation-for-veterans-with-traumatic-brain-injuryThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeks to amend its adjudication regulations to add an additional benefit for veterans with residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This benefit was enacted by the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 and provides special monthly compensation for veterans with TBI who are in need of aid and attendance and, in the absence of such aid and attendance, would require hospitalization, nursing home care, or other residential institutional care. Prior to the law's enactment, veterans with TBI were not eligible for this benefit unless they had a separate service- related disability that qualified under the law.
2016-12-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentAdvanced Practice Registered NursesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of three roles of VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. Certified...2016-29950"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-14/pdf/2016-29950.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/14/2016-29950/advanced-practice-registered-nursesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of three roles of VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) will not be included in VA's full practice authority under this final rule, but comment is requested on whether there are access issues or other unconsidered circumstances that might warrant their inclusion in a future rulemaking. The final rulemaking establishes the professional qualifications an individual must possess to be appointed as an APRN within VA, establishes the criteria under which VA may grant full practice authority to an APRN, and defines the scope of full practice authority for each of the three roles of APRN. The services provided by an APRN under full practice authority in VA are consistent with the nursing profession's standards of practice for such roles. This rulemaking increases veterans' access to VA health care by expanding the pool of qualified health care professionals who are authorized to provide primary health care and other related health care services to the full extent of their education, training, and certification, without the clinical supervision of physicians, and it permits VA to use its health care resources more effectively and in a manner that is consistent with the role of APRNs in the non-VA health care sector, while maintaining the patient-centered, safe, high-quality health care that veterans receive from VA.
2016-12-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentTiered Pharmacy Copayments for MedicationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as a final rule, with changes, a proposal to amend its regulations concerning copayments charged to certain veterans for medication required on an outpatient basis to treat nonservice-connected conditions....2016-29515"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-12/pdf/2016-29515.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/12/2016-29515/tiered-pharmacy-copayments-for-medicationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as a final rule, with changes, a proposal to amend its regulations concerning copayments charged to certain veterans for medication required on an outpatient basis to treat nonservice-connected conditions. Prior to this final rule, VA charged non-exempt veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of medication, and that amount may have changed in future years. This rulemaking replaces those rates and establishes three classes of medications for copayment purposes, identified as Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. These tiers are defined further in the rulemaking and are distinguished in part based on whether the medications are available from multiple sources or a single source, with some exceptions. Copayment amounts are fixed and would vary depending upon the class of medication. The following medication copayment amounts are applicable on the effective date of this final rule: $5 for a 30-day or less supply of a Tier 1 medication, $8 for a 30-day or less supply of a Tier 2 medication, and $11 for a 30-day or less supply of a Tier 3 medication. For non-exempt veterans these copayment amounts will result in lower out-of-pocket costs, thereby encouraging greater adherence to taking prescribed medications and reducing the risk of fragmented care that results when veterans use non-VA pharmacies to fill their prescriptions. The proposed rule was published on January 5, 2016 and the public comment period closed on March 7, 2016. We received nine comments and respond to these comments here.
2016-12-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentExtension of Pharmacy Copayments for MedicationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its medical regulations concerning the copayment required for certain medications. This rulemaking freezes copayments at the current rate for veterans in priority groups 2 through 8 through February 26, 2017.2016-29337"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-07/pdf/2016-29337.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/07/2016-29337/extension-of-pharmacy-copayments-for-medicationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its medical regulations concerning the copayment required for certain medications. This rulemaking freezes copayments at the current rate for veterans in priority groups 2 through 8 through February 26, 2017.
2016-10-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentLoan Guaranty Vendee Loan FeesThis document proposes to amend the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Service (LGY) regulations to establish reasonable fees that VA may charge in connection with the origination and servicing of vendee loans made by VA. Fees proposed...2016-25738"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-26/pdf/2016-25738.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/26/2016-25738/loan-guaranty-vendee-loan-feesThis document proposes to amend the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Service (LGY) regulations to establish reasonable fees that VA may charge in connection with the origination and servicing of vendee loans made by VA. Fees proposed in this rulemaking are consistent with those charged in the private mortgage industry, and such fees would help VA to ensure the sustainability of this vendee loan program. The loans that would be subject to the fees are not veterans' benefits. This rule would also ensure that all direct and vendee loans made by the Secretary are safe harbor qualified mortgages.
2016-10-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVeterans' Mortgage Life Insurance-Coverage AmendmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations governing the Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) program in order to provide VMLI-eligible individuals the option to lower their premiums by purchasing less than the...2016-25025"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-18/pdf/2016-25025.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/18/2016-25025/veterans-mortgage-life-insurance-coverage-amendmentThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations governing the Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) program in order to provide VMLI-eligible individuals the option to lower their premiums by purchasing less than the minimum coverage amount required under current VA regulations. The proposed rule would also amend current VA regulations to reflect that the statutory maximum amount of coverage available under the VMLI program was previously increased to $200,000, to define the term ``eligible individual,'' and to clarify that eligibility for VMLI coverage has been extended to include servicemembers as well as veterans. These additional amendments are necessary to conform the existing regulations to current statutory provisions.
2016-10-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentExtension of the Presumptive Period for Compensation for Gulf War VeteransThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this interim final rule to amend its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War. This...2016-25017"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-17/pdf/2016-25017.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/17/2016-25017/extension-of-the-presumptive-period-for-compensation-for-gulf-war-veteransThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this interim final rule to amend its adjudication regulations regarding compensation for disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses suffered by veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War. This amendment is necessary to extend the presumptive period for qualifying chronic disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses that must become manifest to a compensable degree in order that entitlement for compensation be established. The intended effect of this amendment is to provide consistency in VA adjudication policy and preserve certain rights afforded to Persian Gulf War veterans and ensure fairness for current and future Persian Gulf War veterans.
2016-09-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRepayment by VA of Educational Loans for Certain PsychiatristsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adding to its medical regulations a program for the repayment of educational loans for certain psychiatrists who agree to a period of obligated service with VA. This program is intended to increase the pool of...2016-23360"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-29/pdf/2016-23360.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/29/2016-23360/repayment-by-va-of-educational-loans-for-certain-psychiatristsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adding to its medical regulations a program for the repayment of educational loans for certain psychiatrists who agree to a period of obligated service with VA. This program is intended to increase the pool of qualified VA psychiatrists and increase veterans' access to mental health care.
2016-09-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentFederal Civil Penalties Adjustment Act AmendmentsThe Federal Civil Monetary Penalties Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, sets forth a formula increasing the maximum statutory amounts for civil monetary penalties and requires...2016-22732"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-23/pdf/2016-22732.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/23/2016-22732/federal-civil-penalties-adjustment-act-amendmentsThe Federal Civil Monetary Penalties Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, sets forth a formula increasing the maximum statutory amounts for civil monetary penalties and requires federal agencies to give notice of the new maximum amounts by regulation. This final rule of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts without change VA's interim final rule, which increased maximum civil monetary penalties from $10,000 to $21,563 for false loan guaranty certifications and from $5,500 to $10,781 for fraudulent claims or fraudulent statements in any VA program.
2016-09-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentAuthority To Solicit Gifts and DonationsOn July 11, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a direct final rule amending its regulation that governs soliciting contributions from the public by officials and employees of NCA, or authorizing the use of officials' or employees'...2016-22834"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-22/pdf/2016-22834.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/22/2016-22834/authority-to-solicit-gifts-and-donationsOn July 11, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a direct final rule amending its regulation that governs soliciting contributions from the public by officials and employees of NCA, or authorizing the use of officials' or employees' names, name of the Secretary, or the name of VA for the purpose of making a gift or donation to VA. VA received two supportive comments and no adverse comments concerning the direct final rule and its companion substantially identical proposed rule published in the Federal Register on the same date. This document confirms that the direct final rule became effective on September 9, 2016. In a companion document in this issue of the Federal Register, we are withdrawing as unnecessary the proposed rule.
2016-09-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentAuthority To Solicit Gifts and Donations; WithdrawalThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is withdrawing VA's proposed rulemaking, published on July 11, 2016, to amend its regulation giving the Under Secretary of Memorial Affairs (USMA), or his designee, authority to solicit gifts and donations. VA...2016-22833"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-22/pdf/2016-22833.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/22/2016-22833/authority-to-solicit-gifts-and-donations-withdrawalThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is withdrawing VA's proposed rulemaking, published on July 11, 2016, to amend its regulation giving the Under Secretary of Memorial Affairs (USMA), or his designee, authority to solicit gifts and donations. VA received two supportive comments and no adverse comments concerning the proposed rule and its companion substantially identical direct final rule published in the Federal Register on the same date. Accordingly, this document withdraws as unnecessary the proposed rule.
2016-09-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentTelephone Enrollment in the VA Healthcare SystemThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, without change, an interim final rule amending its medical regulations. Specifically, this rule allows veterans to complete applications for health care enrollment by providing application...2016-21830"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-12/pdf/2016-21830.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/12/2016-21830/telephone-enrollment-in-the-va-healthcare-systemThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopts as final, without change, an interim final rule amending its medical regulations. Specifically, this rule allows veterans to complete applications for health care enrollment by providing application information, agreeing to VA's provisions regarding copayment liability and assignment of third-party insurance benefits, and attesting to the accuracy and authenticity of the information provided to a VA employee over the phone. This action makes it easier for veterans to apply to enroll and speeds VA processing of applications.
2016-09-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentDiseases Associated With Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp LejeuneThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its adjudication regulations relating to presumptive service connection to add certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp...2016-21455"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-09/pdf/2016-21455.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/09/2016-21455/diseases-associated-with-exposure-to-contaminants-in-the-water-supply-at-camp-lejeuneThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its adjudication regulations relating to presumptive service connection to add certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987. The chemical compounds involved have been associated by various scientific organizations with the development of certain diseases. This proposed rule would establish that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) during this period, and who have been diagnosed with any of eight associated diseases, are presumed to have a service-connected disability for purposes of entitlement to VA benefits. In addition, VA proposes to establish a presumption that these individuals were disabled during the relevant period of service, thus establishing active military service for benefit purposes. Under this proposed presumption, affected former reservists and National Guard members would have veteran status for purposes of entitlement to some VA benefits. This proposed amendment would implement a decision by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs that service connection on a presumptive basis is warranted for claimants who served at Camp Lejeune during the relevant period and for the requisite amount of time and later develop certain diseases. The Secretary's decision is supported by the conclusions of internationally recognized scientific authorities that strong evidence exists establishing a relationship between exposure to certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that were in the water at Camp Lejeune and later development of certain disabilities.
2016-08-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentLoan Guaranty: Delegation of AuthorityThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) loan guaranty regulations to correct an oversight in the delegation of authority to exercise the powers and functions of the Secretary with respect to the guaranty or insurance of loans and...2016-20499"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-29/pdf/2016-20499.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/29/2016-20499/loan-guaranty-delegation-of-authorityThis document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) loan guaranty regulations to correct an oversight in the delegation of authority to exercise the powers and functions of the Secretary with respect to the guaranty or insurance of loans and the rights and liabilities arising therefrom. This document also incorporates into regulatory form delegatory authority already granted certain VA loan guaranty officials to administer and manage properties acquired by VA.
2016-08-12Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSchedule for Rating Disabilities; Skin ConditionsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the portion of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that addresses skin conditions. The purpose of these changes is to incorporate medical advances that have...2016-18695"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-12/pdf/2016-18695.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/12/2016-18695/schedule-for-rating-disabilities-skin-conditionsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the portion of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that addresses skin conditions. The purpose of these changes is to incorporate medical advances that have occurred since the last review, update current medical terminology, and provide clear evaluation criteria. The proposed rule reflects advances in medical knowledge, recommendations from the Skin Disorders Work Group, which is comprised of subject matter experts from both the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Veterans Health Administration, and comments from experts and the public gathered as part of a public forum. The public forum, focusing on revisions to the skin conditions section of the VASRD, was held in January 2012.
2016-08-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentVeterans Employment Pay for Success Grant ProgramThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is establishing a grant program (Veterans Employment Pay for Success (VEPFS)) under the authority of the U.S.C. to award grants to eligible entities to fund projects that are successful in accomplishing...2016-18721"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-10/pdf/2016-18721.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/10/2016-18721/veterans-employment-pay-for-success-grant-programThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is establishing a grant program (Veterans Employment Pay for Success (VEPFS)) under the authority of the U.S.C. to award grants to eligible entities to fund projects that are successful in accomplishing employment rehabilitation for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. VA will award grants on the basis of an eligible entity's proposed use of a Pay for Success (PFS) strategy to achieve goals. This interim final rule establishes regulations for awarding a VEPFS grant, including the general process for awarding the grant, criteria and parameters for evaluating grant applications, priorities related to the award of a grant, and general requirements and guidance for administering a VEPFS grant program.
2016-08-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRelease of VA Records Relating to HIVThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations governing the release of VA medical records. Specifically, VA proposes to eliminate the restriction on protecting a negative test result for the human immunodeficiency...2016-18660"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-05/pdf/2016-18660.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/05/2016-18660/release-of-va-records-relating-to-hivThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its medical regulations governing the release of VA medical records. Specifically, VA proposes to eliminate the restriction on protecting a negative test result for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV testing is a common practice today in healthcare and the stigma of testing that may have been seen in the 1980s when HIV was first discovered is no longer prevalent. Continuing to protect negative HIV tests causes delays and an unnecessary burden to veterans when VA tries to share electronic medical information with the veterans' outside providers for their treatment through health information exchange efforts. For this same reason, VA would also eliminate negative test results of sickle cell anemia as protected medical information. This proposed rule would eliminate the current barriers to electronic medical information exchange.
2016-07-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentSupportive Services for Veteran Families ProgramThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations that govern the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This rulemaking would clarify VA's procedures for continuing to fund SSVF Program services in communities...2016-17624"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-27/pdf/2016-17624.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/27/2016-17624/supportive-services-for-veteran-families-programThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations that govern the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This rulemaking would clarify VA's procedures for continuing to fund SSVF Program services in communities that have lost grants due to the non-renewal or termination of services of an existing award to a grantee by awarding non-renewed or deobligated funds to other existing SSVF grantees in or near the affected community. This award of non-renewed or deobligated funds would prevent potential access issues associated with grant termination. This rulemaking would also reduce the number of satisfaction surveys grantees are required to provide to participants in order to reduce the burden on grantees and participants.
2016-07-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentRecognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA ClaimantsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its regulations concerning recognition of certain national, State, and regional or local organizations for purposes of VA claims representation. Specifically, this rulemaking would allow the...2016-17052"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-20/pdf/2016-17052.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/20/2016-17052/recognition-of-tribal-organizations-for-representation-of-va-claimantsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its regulations concerning recognition of certain national, State, and regional or local organizations for purposes of VA claims representation. Specifically, this rulemaking would allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recognize tribal organizations in a similar manner as the Secretary recognizes State organizations. The proposed rule would allow a tribal organization that is established and funded by one or more tribal governments to be recognized for the purpose of providing assistance on VA benefit claims. In addition, the proposed rule would allow an employee of a tribal government to become accredited through a recognized State organization in a similar manner as a County Veterans' Service Officer (CVSO) may become accredited through a recognized State organization. The intended effect of this proposed rule is to improve access of Native American veterans to VA-recognized organizations and VA- accredited individuals who may assist them on their benefit claims.
2016-07-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentHospital Care and Medical Services for Camp Lejeune VeteransThis document amends Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations to reflect a statutory mandate that VA provide health care to certain veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for at least 30 days during the period beginning on August...2016-16917"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-18/pdf/2016-16917.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/18/2016-16917/hospital-care-and-medical-services-for-camp-lejeune-veteransThis document amends Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations to reflect a statutory mandate that VA provide health care to certain veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for at least 30 days during the period beginning on August 1, 1953, and ending on December 31, 1956. The law requires VA to furnish hospital care and medical services for these veterans for certain illnesses and conditions that may be attributed to exposure to toxins in the water system at Camp Lejeune. This rule does not address the statutory provision requiring VA to provide health care to these veterans' family members; regulations applicable to such family members will be promulgated through a separate final rule.
2016-07-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentPrescriptions in Alaska and U.S. Territories and PossessionsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is removing its medical regulation that governs medications provided in Alaska and territories and possessions of the United States because this regulation is otherwise subsumed by another VA medical regulation...2016-16908"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-18/pdf/2016-16908.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/18/2016-16908/prescriptions-in-alaska-and-us-territories-and-possessionsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is removing its medical regulation that governs medications provided in Alaska and territories and possessions of the United States because this regulation is otherwise subsumed by another VA medical regulation related to provision of medications that are prescribed by non-VA providers.
2016-07-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentAuthority To Solicit Gifts and DonationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its National Cemeteries regulation on the prohibition of officials and employees of VA from soliciting contributions from the public or authorizing the use of their names, name of the Secretary, or the...2016-16234"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-11/pdf/2016-16234.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/11/2016-16234/authority-to-solicit-gifts-and-donationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its National Cemeteries regulation on the prohibition of officials and employees of VA from soliciting contributions from the public or authorizing the use of their names, name of the Secretary, or the name of VA for the purpose of making a gift or donation to VA. The amended regulation gives the Under Secretary of Memorial Affairs (USMA), or his designee, authority to solicit gifts and donations, which include monetary donations, in-kind goods and services, and personal property, or authorize the use of their names, the name of the Secretary, or the name of VA by an individual or organization in any campaign or drive for donation of money or articles to VA for the purpose of beautifying, or for the benefit of, one or more national cemeteries.
2016-07-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentAuthority To Solicit Gifts and DonationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its National Cemeteries regulation on the prohibition of officials and employees of VA from soliciting contributions from the public or authorizing the use of their names, name of the...2016-16232"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-11/pdf/2016-16232.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/11/2016-16232/authority-to-solicit-gifts-and-donationsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its National Cemeteries regulation on the prohibition of officials and employees of VA from soliciting contributions from the public or authorizing the use of their names, name of the Secretary, or the name of VA for the purpose of making a gift or donation to VA. The amended regulation would give the Under Secretary of Memorial Affairs (USMA), or his designee, authority to solicit gifts and donations, which include monetary donations, in-kind goods and services, and personal property, or authorize the use of their names, the name of the Secretary, or the name of VA by an individual or organization in any campaign or drive for donation of money or articles to VA for the purpose of beautifying, or for the benefit of, one or more national cemeteries.
2016-06-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentFederal Civil Penalties Adjustment Act AmendmentsThe Federal Civil Monetary Penalties Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, sets forth a formula increasing the maximum statutory amounts for civil monetary penalties and requires...2016-14592"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-22/pdf/2016-14592.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/22/2016-14592/federal-civil-penalties-adjustment-act-amendmentsThe Federal Civil Monetary Penalties Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, sets forth a formula increasing the maximum statutory amounts for civil monetary penalties and requires federal agencies to give notice of the new maximum amounts by regulation. Accordingly, this document gives notice that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is increasing maximum civil monetary penalties from $10,000 to $21,563 for false loan guaranty certifications and from $5,500 to $10,781 for fraudulent claims or fraudulent statements in any VA program.
2016-05-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentAdvanced Practice Registered NursesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of all VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. This rulemaking...2016-12338"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-25/pdf/2016-12338.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/25/2016-12338/advanced-practice-registered-nursesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of all VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. This rulemaking would increase veterans' access to VA health care by expanding the pool of qualified health care professionals who are authorized to provide primary health care and other related health care services to the full extent of their education, training, and certification, without the clinical supervision of physicians. This rule would permit VA to use its health care resources more effectively and in a manner that is consistent with the role of APRNs in the non-VA health care sector, while maintaining the patient-centered, safe, high-quality health care that veterans receive from VA. The proposed rulemaking would establish additional professional qualifications an individual must possess to be appointed as an APRN within VA. The proposed rulemaking would subdivide APRN's into four separate categories that include certified nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, and certified nurse-midwife. The proposed rulemaking would also provide the criteria under which VA may grant full practice authority to an APRN, and define the scope of full practice authority for each category of APRN. VA intends that the services to be provided by an APRN in one of the four APRN roles would be consistent with the nursing profession's standards of practice for such roles.
2016-05-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentMailing Address of the Board of Veterans' AppealsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations on representation of claimants and the Rules of Practice of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) to update the Board's mailing address and titles of certain individuals and offices...2016-12111"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-24/pdf/2016-12111.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/24/2016-12111/mailing-address-of-the-board-of-veterans-appealsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations on representation of claimants and the Rules of Practice of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) to update the Board's mailing address and titles of certain individuals and offices at the Board to whom mail is addressed. These amendments are necessary because of a mailing address change and to ensure that correct titles of certain individuals and offices at the Board are reflected in the regulations.
2016-05-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentTechnical Corrections-VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Nomenclature Change for Position TitleThe Department of Veterans Affairs is amending its regulations by making nonsubstantive changes to ensure consistency within its regulations regarding a nomenclature change in the title of a Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment position.2016-10112"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-02/pdf/2016-10112.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/02/2016-10112/technical-corrections-va-vocational-rehabilitation-and-employment-nomenclature-change-for-positionThe Department of Veterans Affairs is amending its regulations by making nonsubstantive changes to ensure consistency within its regulations regarding a nomenclature change in the title of a Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment position.
2016-04-25RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentExpanded Access to Non-VA Care Through the Veterans Choice Program; CorrectionThe Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Federal Register of December 1, 2015, a document amending its medical regulations that implement section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. In that rule, two...2016-09475"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-25/pdf/2016-09475.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/25/2016-09475/expanded-access-to-non-va-care-through-the-veterans-choice-program-correctionThe Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Federal Register of December 1, 2015, a document amending its medical regulations that implement section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. In that rule, two paragraphs were inadvertently removed. This document corrects that error.
2016-04-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentExtra-Schedular Evaluations for Individual DisabilitiesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its adjudication regulation pertaining to extra-schedular consideration of a service-connected disability in exceptional compensation cases. In a recent decision, the United States Court of...2016-08937"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-20/pdf/2016-08937.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/20/2016-08937/extra-schedular-evaluations-for-individual-disabilitiesThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its adjudication regulation pertaining to extra-schedular consideration of a service-connected disability in exceptional compensation cases. In a recent decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) held that VA's regulation, as written, requires VA to consider the combined effect of two or more service- connected disabilities when determining whether to refer a disability evaluation for extra-schedular consideration. VA, however, has long interpreted its regulation to provide an extra-schedular evaluation for a single disability, not the combined effect of two or more disabilities. This proposed amendment will clarify VA's regulation pertaining to exceptional compensation claims such that an extra- schedular evaluation is available only for an individual service- connected disability but not for the combined effect of more than one service-connected disability.
2016-04-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentServicemembers' Group Life Insurance and Veterans' Group Life Insurance-Slayer's Rule ExclusionThe Department of Veterans Affairs adopts as final, without change, the final rule seeking comments published on October 3, 2012, amending its regulations governing Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI)....2016-08381"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-12/pdf/2016-08381.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/12/2016-08381/servicemembers-group-life-insurance-and-veterans-group-life-insurance-slayers-rule-exclusionThe Department of Veterans Affairs adopts as final, without change, the final rule seeking comments published on October 3, 2012, amending its regulations governing Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI). Specifically, this rule prohibits paying insurance proceeds because of the death of a person (decedent) whose life was insured under SGLI or VGLI, or paying a SGLI Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) benefit to a person (slayer) convicted of intentionally and wrongfully killing the decedent or determined in a civil proceeding to intentionally and wrongfully killing the decedent. This prohibition of payment also applies to any family member of the slayer who is not related to the decedent and to any person who assisted the slayer in causing the death of the decedent. Additionally, the term ``domestic partner'' is removed from the definition of ``member of the family''.
2016-04-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentHealth Care for Certain Children of Vietnam Veterans and Certain Korea Veterans-Covered Birth Defects and Spina BifidaThis rule adopts as final a proposed rule of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to amend its regulations concerning the provision of health care to birth children of Vietnam veterans and veterans of covered service in Korea diagnosed with spina...2016-07897"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-06/pdf/2016-07897.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/06/2016-07897/health-care-for-certain-children-of-vietnam-veterans-and-certain-korea-veterans-covered-birthThis rule adopts as final a proposed rule of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to amend its regulations concerning the provision of health care to birth children of Vietnam veterans and veterans of covered service in Korea diagnosed with spina bifida, except for spina bifida occulta, and certain other birth defects. In the proposed rule published on May 15, 2015, VA proposed changes to more clearly define the types of health care VA provides, including day health care and health-related services, which we defined as homemaker or home health aide services that provide assistance with Activities of Daily Living or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living that have therapeutic value. We also proposed changes to the list of health care services that require preauthorization by VA. This final rule addresses comments received from the public and adopts as final the proposed rule, without change.
2016-04-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONEducation DepartmentFederal Agency Final Regulations Implementing Executive Order 13559: Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships With Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood OrganizationsThe Agencies publishing this final rule amend or establish their regulations to implement Executive Order 13279, as amended by Executive Order 13559. Executive Order 13279 established fundamental principles to guide the policies of Federal agencies...2016-07339"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-04/pdf/2016-07339.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/04/2016-07339/federal-agency-final-regulations-implementing-executive-order-13559-fundamental-principles-andThe Agencies publishing this final rule amend or establish their regulations to implement Executive Order 13279, as amended by Executive Order 13559. Executive Order 13279 established fundamental principles to guide the policies of Federal agencies regarding the participation of faith-based and other community organizations in programs that the Federal agencies administer. Executive Order 13559 amended Executive Order 13279 to clarify those principles and add certain protections for beneficiaries of Federal social service programs.
2016-03-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSVeterans Affairs DepartmentTelephone Enrollment in the VA Healthcare SystemThis rulemaking amends VA's medical regulations to allow veterans to complete applications for health care enrollment by telephone by providing application information to a VA employee, agreeing to VA's provisions regarding copayment liability and...2016-05680"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-16/pdf/2016-05680.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/16/2016-05680/telephone-enrollment-in-the-va-healthcare-systemThis rulemaking amends VA's medical regulations to allow veterans to complete applications for health care enrollment by telephone by providing application information to a VA employee, agreeing to VA's provisions regarding copayment liability and assignment of third-party insurance benefits, and attesting to the accuracy and authenticity of the information provided over the phone. This action will make it easier for veterans to apply to enroll and will speed VA processing of applications.
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