Miscellaneous Veterans' Bills: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, United States Senate, Eighty-sixth Congress, Second Session on S. 299, S. 2201, [and] S. 2235

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Page 6 - USC 757e), is amended by inserting immediately before the period at the end thereof a comma and the following : "except that the State of Idaho may be a participant under this Act".
Page 4 - Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Vnited States of America in Congress assembled, That...
Page 5 - ... should also be true of these two new States. Use of private contract facilities in Alaska and Hawaii, as States, for providing hospital care to veterans with conditions not growing out of their service might well become a precedent for authorizing the use of contract facilities in other States. Veterans needing care for service-connected conditions in both Alaska and Hawaii will, of course, continue to receive that care in private contract hospitals wherever necessary. The basic law applicable...
Page 5 - Administration was deprived of its general authority to provide contract hospital care there for veterans suffering from non-serviceconnected disabilities. It has long been Government policy to provide hospital care for our war veterans for conditions not related to their service only to the extent of available Government facilities. It has not been the policy to attempt to care for all such cases.
Page 5 - ... are available in VA or other Federal hospitals. This exception, according to the Veterans Administrator, in a report to this committee, is based upon "special considerations." Said considerations include the factors of great distances from the mainland, difficulty in transferring patients to other States, and the relatively small volume of patient demands in the territories and possessions. Without commenting as to whether these "special considerations...
Page 10 - ... disabilities in territories and possessions of the United States and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Before Alaska and Hawaii became States this special provision of law was applicable for the benefit of veterans living there. However, with the coming of statehood this valuable benefit was lost, as the law does not provide for contracts for hospital care of veterans with non-service-connected disabilities in the States. The effect of the law results in an unintentional but serious discrimination...
Page 2 - Hon. LISTER HILL, Chairman, Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, V.8. Senate, Washington, DC MY DEAR MR.
Page 5 - But arrangements have been made in both to care for war veterans with non-serviceconnected disabilities in other Government hospitals. In Alaska, we have beds allocated for VA beneficiaries in hospitals of the Department of Defense and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Page 12 - STATEMENT OF HON. EL BARTLETT, A US SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF ALASKA Mr. Chairman, I am pleased today to add my support to S. 5, the Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1963.

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