As of March 22, 2022, VA is reviewing and examining the current Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) eligibility criteria. During this time, here’s what Family Caregivers of Legacy Participants and Legacy Applicants can expect:
- VA will continue to complete transitional reassessments of legacy participants, legacy applicants, and their family caregivers. Any family caregiver eligible for an increase in caregiver benefits will receive them. Legacy participants, legacy applicants and their family caregivers may decline the reassessment; however, no increase in benefits can be provided without the completion of a reassessment.
- VA will not discharge or decrease any support to legacy participants, legacy applicants and their family caregivers, based on reassessment, to include monthly stipends paid to primary family caregivers before the current eligibility criteria are examined.
- While VA conducts a review and examination of the current PCAFC eligibility criteria, legacy participants, legacy applicants and their family caregivers will remain enrolled in PCAFC and continue to receive support and services under PCAFC, unless revoked or discharged for a reason unrelated to reassessment. Please see the Revocation and Discharge Fact Sheet (va.gov) for additional information.
- VA will consider making changes to the current PCAFC eligibility criteria, if necessary.
VA continues to develop additional information for legacy participants, legacy applicants and their family caregivers.
Also, VA is working diligently to develop additional information for Veterans and family caregivers enrolled in PCAFC on or after October 1, 2020, regarding their reassessments and discharges.
Review and appeal options for PCAFC remain the same: PCAFC decisions – options for further review and appeal – VA Caregiver Support Program.
Please visit the Caregiver Support Program (CSP) website or contact your local CSP team using the VA Caregiver Support Program Team Locator for updates.
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