This site displays a prototype of a “Web 2.0” version of the daily Federal Register. It is not an official legal edition of the Federal Register, and does not replace the official print version or the official electronic version on GPO’s govinfo.gov.
The documents posted on this site are XML renditions of published Federal Register documents. Each document posted on the site includes a link to the corresponding official PDF file on govinfo.gov. This prototype edition of the daily Federal Register on FederalRegister.gov will remain an unofficial informational resource until the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register (ACFR) issues a regulation granting it official legal status. For complete information about, and access to, our official publications and services, go to About the Federal Register on NARA's archives.gov.
The OFR/GPO partnership is committed to presenting accurate and reliable regulatory information on FederalRegister.gov with the objective of establishing the XML-based Federal Register as an ACFR-sanctioned publication in the future. While every effort has been made to ensure that the material on FederalRegister.gov is accurately displayed, consistent with the official SGML-based PDF version on govinfo.gov, those relying on it for legal research should verify their results against an official edition of the Federal Register. Until the ACFR grants it official status, the XML rendition of the daily Federal Register on FederalRegister.gov does not provide legal notice to the public or judicial notice to the courts.
Department of Veterans Affairs.
This document amends VA's “Medical” regulations to add provisions implementing statutory changes providing that certain Filipino veterans in receipt of disability compensation at the full dollar rate are eligible for hospital care, nursing home care, and medical services in the same manner as a veteran.
Effective Date: June 17, 2002.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Roscoe Butler at (202) 273-8302, Chief, Policy and Operations, Health Administration Services, Veterans Health Administration, 810 Vermont Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20420, (This is not a toll-free telephone number).End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This document amends VA's “Medical” regulations in 38 CFR part 17 to add provisions implementing statutory changes made by Public Law 106-377, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriation Act, 2001. This act amended 38 U.S.C. 1734 to provide that the following Filipino veterans who are citizens of the United States, or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, and who are in receipt of disability compensation under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 11, subchapter II or IV, are eligible for hospital care, nursing home care, and medical services in the same manner as a veteran:
Filipino veterans who had service before July 1, 1946, in the organized military forces of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, while such forces were in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States under the military order of the President dated July 26, 1941, including among such military forces organized guerrilla forces under commanders appointed, designated, or subsequently recognized by the Command in Chief, Southwest Pacific Area, or other competent authority in the Army of the United States.
On December 27, 2001, VA established regulations setting forth provisions for certain Filipino veterans who are citizens of the United States, or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, to Start Printed Page 41179receive disability compensation at the full dollar rate (66 FR 66763). A Filipino veteran receiving VA disability compensation at the full dollar rate as set forth in 38 CFR 3.42 would necessarily meet all of the requirements to be eligible for hospital care, nursing home care, and medical services in the same manner as a veteran. Conversely, a Filipino veteran not receiving disability compensation at the full dollar rate as set forth in 38 CFR 3.42, would not meet all of the requirements to be eligible for such care. Accordingly, we have added a new § 17.39 to state that Filipino veterans receiving disability compensation at the full dollar value under § 3.42 are eligible for hospital care, nursing home care, and medical services in the same manner as a veteran.
This final rule is published without regard to the notice and comment and delayed effective date provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553 since it reflects statutory changes and incorporates other provisions already required to be met for eligibility for benefits.
Paperwork Reduction Act
This document contains no provisions constituting a collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).
Executive Order 12866
This document has been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866.
Regulatory Flexibility Act
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs hereby certifies that this final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities as they are defined in the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601-612. The final rule would have a direct effect only on individuals and would not have any measurable effect on small entities. Accordingly, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), this final rule is exempt from the initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis requirements of sections 603 and 604.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers for the programs affected by this rule are 64.005, 64.007.64.008, 64,009, 64.010, 64.011, 64.012, 64.013, 64.014, 64.015, 64.016, 64.018, 64.019, 64.022, and 64.025.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 38 CFR Part 17
- Administrative practice and procedure
- Alcohol abuse
- Day care
- Dental health
- Drug abuse
- Foreign relations
- Government contracts
- Grant programs—health
- Grant programs—veterans
- Health care
- Health facilities
- Health professions
- Health records
- Medical and dental schools
- Medical devices
- Medical research
- Mental health programs
- Nursing homes
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
- Scholarships and fellowships
- Travel and transportation expenses
Anthony J. Principi,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
For the reasons set out in the preamble, 38 CFR chapter I is amended as set forth below.End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 17—MEDICALEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 17 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
2. A new § 17.39 is added to read as follows:
Filipino veterans receiving disability compensation at the full dollar value under § 3.42 of this chapter are eligible for hospital care, nursing home care, and medical services in the same manner as a veteran.
(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501, 1734)End Supplemental Information
[FR Doc. 02-15164 Filed 6-14-02; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 8320-01-P