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Sunday, February 11, 2018

VA sees big savings in expanding caregiver stipends, but lawmakers still worry about costs

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin insists a limited expansion of his department’s caregivers stipend program could save the federal government around $2.5 billion annually.

But the up front costs of the plan still present a major obstacle for congressional lawmakers.
On Tuesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee renewed debate on the issue of VA’s caregiver program, which awards living stipends — totaling up to several thousands of dollars a month — to the families of veterans who require around-the-clock home care.

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