Vets Health Care Bill Passes Senate - link here Week of March 29, 2010 The U.S. Senate recently passed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009. The legislation would strengthen support for caregivers and attendants of veterans and would help ensure veterans in need of institutional care have the choice of receiving care from a family member at home. This bill would provide caregivers of veterans with health care, counseling, support, and a stipend. It also expands services in rural areas and ensures that veterans who are catastrophically disabled or who need emergency care in the community are not inappropriately charged for those services. The bill moves on to the House of Representatives. About time! I had been put out of the hospital 3 days sooner than I would have, two years ago, had the local hospital been assured that they were going to get paid for the emergency care I received.