Argentum: VA changes could be 'excessive'

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' proposed reporting requirements for veterans and surviving spouses who receive non-service connected pensions could be “excessive,” Argentum, formerly the Assisted Living Federation of America, recently wrote to department officials. The group is concerned about the requirements because thousands of veterans and their spouses reside in senior living communities, Argentum said in a post on its website.

The VA should consider the costs and benefits of suspending its annual verification process and the affect that would have on frail veterans and their surviving spouses, Argentum said. Additional costs associated with use of the longer proposed form as well as the possibility of using alternative ways to verify income should be considered, too, the group advised.

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