FAIRFIELD — The governor this week signed into law legislation that clarifies the state’s ability to recoup unreimbursed cost-of-care payments from the estates of deceased veterans who die at a veterans home, to let families know that the state can go after a broader range of a veteran’s private property.
The legislation, Assembly Bill 557 by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, “repairs an omission” in the previous version of the law, Yamada spokesman Joe Kocurek said Tuesday. The revised law requires greater transparency in quarterly statements provided to veterans who are living in one of the state’s veterans homes, and their families, Kocurek said.
The new language makes clear that the state may recover fees and charges related to the care of veterans who die while in a veterans home, Kocurek said.
Among other things, the law brings state guidelines for quarterly statements into alignment with those found in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the Military and Veterans Code.
The new law required that quarterly statements reflect that the state may recover unreimbursed costs of care for veterans who died while in a veterans home from money and personal property the deceased veteran has both inside and outside the veterans home. The prior law governing the contents of quarterly statements required no specific mention of money and personal property that was outside the veterans home setting being subject to the state’s reach.
The revised legislation is specific to the state’s six veterans homes. It became law Monday with the governor’s signature.
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This version recasts the original and clarifies the scope of the legislation.