CHA News Article

VA Final Rule Expands Health Care Eligibility for Homeless Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published a final rule that amends medical regulations related to eligibility for the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program. The final rule makes the HCHV program available to all homeless veterans enrolled in or eligible for VA health care by no longer requiring that they first be diagnosed with a serious mental illness or substance use disorder. The rule also updates the definition of “homeless” to match that used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and clarifies that HCHV services provided through non-VA providers must include case management services, including non-clinical case management, as appropriate.