Veterans trust fund—dental care payment maximum, 14.4(4)
VETERANS AFFAIRS, IOWA DEPARTMENT OF
Adopted and Filed
Rule making related to dental care expenses
The Department of Veterans Affairs hereby amends Chapter 14, "Veterans Trust Fund," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 35A.13.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 35A.13.
Purpose and Summary
The rule making removes the $2,500 maximum amount paid in a 12-month period for dental care and changes the maximum amount to $10,000.
Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making
Notice of Intended Action for this rule making was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on January 15, 2020, as ARC 4864C. No public comments were received. No changes from the Notice have been made.
Adoption of Rule Making
This rule making was adopted by the Department on February 21, 2020.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
This rule making will become effective on April 29, 2020.
The following rule-making action is adopted:
Amend subrule 14.4(4) as follows:
14.4(4) Expenses related to hearing care, dental care, vision care, or prescription drugs.
a. The commission may provide health care aid to a veteran, to the veteran's spouse or dependents, or to the unremarried spouse of a deceased veteran for dental care, including dentures; vision care, including eyeglass frames and lenses; hearing care, including hearing aids; and prescription drugs that are not covered by the veterans affairs medical center.
b. The maximum amount that may be paid under this subrule for any consecutive 12-month period may not exceed $2,500 $10,000 for dental care, $500 for vision care, $1,500 per ear for hearing care, and $1,500 for prescription drugs. Lifetime maximum benefit: $10,000.
c. The commission shall not provide health care aid under this subrule unless the aid recipient's health care provider agrees to accept, as full payment for the health care provided, the amount of the payment; the amount of the recipient's health insurance or other third-party payments, if any; and the amount that the commission determines the veteran is capable of paying. Payment under this subrule will be provided directly to the health care provider. The commission shall not pay health care aid under this subrule if the available liquid assets of the veteran are in excess of $15,000.
d. Applicants for assistance under this subrule will be required to provide the commission with an unpaid bill for service or an estimated cost of service from the health care provider and documentation of the need for the service. For prescription drugs, the applicant must produce documentation of the need for the prescribed drug and documentation stating whether a generic drug is available or appropriate. The commission payment will not exceed an estimated cost of service by a health care provider.
[Filed 2/26/20, effective 4/29/20]
Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 3/25/20.