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VA RIN: 2900-AP37 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Removing Net Worth Requirement From Health Care Enrollment  

VA proposed to remove the regulation that allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to consider the net worth of a Veteran’s assets as a factor in determining the Veteran’s eligibility for lower-cost or no-cost VA health care. Prior to January 1, 2015, VA considered both the net worth of a Veteran’s assets and the Veteran’s annual income when determining a Veteran’s eligibility. Because of that, certain Veterans who would have been eligible for lower-cost or no-cost VA health care based on their annual income alone were ineligible because the net value of their assets was too high. Reporting asset information imposed a significant paperwork burden on Veterans, and VA dedicated significant administrative resources to verifying reported information. VA changed its policy to improve access to health care to lower-income Veterans and remove the reporting burden from Veterans by discontinuing collection of asset information. This rulemaking will codify that policy in VA regulations.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 17.47(d)   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/20/2015  80 FR 63480   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/21/2015 
Final Rule  02/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kristin Cunningham
Chief, Business Office (16)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Health Administration, 810 Vermont Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 461-1599