Effective immediately, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending guidelines to allow state-owned veteran nursing homes to follow state guidelines in the construction design of their facilities, which will remove red tape while increasing access to services for veterans. Up to now, to qualify for federal grant funding for veteran nursing homes in their state, Governors and state officials have had to follow federal construction design guidelines. This is no longer the case, and Governors are freed up to follow their own state guidelines in the construction design of these facilities while still qualifying for the same level of federal grant funding as before. VA Secretary Shulkin noted that state design guidelines already are sufficient to the task of providing safe conditions for veterans.
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