On November 30, 1999, the President signed Public Law 106-117, the Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act. This legislation authorizes Veterans Affairs to expand long-term care services and to reimburse for the emergency treatment of certain enrolled veterans. The law also requires Veterans Affairs enroll veterans awarded the Purple Heart into Priority Group Three.
Veterans Affairs is currently in the process of drafting regulations required to implement these new authorities. For specifics, call the Health Benefits Service Center at 877-222-8387.