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Sunday, February 17, 2019

House Passes Bill to Cover Veterans' Child Care During Medical Appointments

Cali Cobb walks through the Po Valley Child Development Center on Fort Drum, New York. (Mike Strasser/U.S. Army)

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would provide subsidies to veterans for child care during some medical appointments and make permanent an existing child care pilot program at several Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

The Veterans' Access to Child Care bill would make permanent a pilot introduced in 2011 at facilities in Northport and Buffalo, New York, and Tacoma, Washington. It also would provide funds for veterans to pay for child care at a licensed center or private agency, either by paying the facilities directly or going through other agencies.

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