Veterans Mobility Safety Act clears another hurdle

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WASHINGTON – Both the Senate and House of Representatives have now passed a version of the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, the VGM Group reported on Nov. 22.

The bill requires Veterans Affairs to establish quality and safety standards for adaptive equipment and vehicles, including equipment quality and safety; certification of providers by third-party manufacturers or other organizations; training for VA personnel administering the program; and allowances for modifications at the veteran’s residence.

The Senate passed the bill passed by the House, H.R. 3471, but with an amendment to ensure the certification process is not limited to one specific organization.

“VGM, Accessible Home Improvement of America (AHIA) and U.S. Rehab have put a great amount of effort into these changes,” VGM stated. “AHIA is in the process of creating a new training program on hitch-mounted lifts to address this need.”

With two slightly different versions of the bill, it now returns to the House.

Once the bill passes the House, it will head to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

Previous versions of the bill divided the manufacturers and providers in the market.