Public Hearing for Resolution 343-36 was Held Yesterday

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To expand veterans’ access to home caregivers, the Guam Legislature held a public hearing for Resolution 343-36 yesterday. Senator Telena Nelson said, “For the passage of H.R. 6823, the Elizabeth Dole Home and community-based services for Veterans and Caregivers Act of 2022, which seeks to expand veterans’ access to home caregivers by providing a critical investment in caregiver support.”

In addition to addressing home health aid shortages; providing respite care, comprehensive assistance for family caregivers, and Medicare’s pace program; Resolution 343-36 will also raise VA to pay for nursing home care.

Senator Nelson said, “This act seeks to raise the cap on how much veteran affairs can pay for the cost of home care from 65% of the cost of nursing home care to 100%.”

Tim Aguon–Director of the Office of Veteran Affairs and Lucy Perez–Head of Veteran’s Health were in support of the resolution.

Aguon said, “And I’m in support of the resolution for two reasons. I, myself was a primary. My wife and I were primary caregivers for my sister who unfortunately passed away last November, so I understand the challenges of home care.”

Perez added, “Families have to work several jobs just to keep their benefits to keep their households in check to be able to provide for their families. So being able to take care or hire a caregiver is for some–far-reaching. It’s almost equivalent to a mortgage.”

Families and veterans can apply at VA.gov. Once approved based on eligibility standards, caregivers of individuals can receive their stipends.


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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.