Part 1 of VMSA Rulemaking Released

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The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has published the initial Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in connection with the Veterans Mobility Safety Act (VMSA) in today’s Federal Register.  A significant advancement toward the implementation of the VMSA, which was signed into law in December 2016, this document proposes to amend the VA’s regulations governing the provision of monetary allowances for eligible veterans and servicemembers requiring automobile adaptive equipment.

This NPRM is being referred to as “Part 1” because – prior to the establishment of quality and safety standards for equipment and installers, as well as the identification of and/or selection criteria for third-party non-profit certifying bodies (which is expected to be addressed in “Part 2” of the VMSA Rulemaking) – the VA must first establish a regulation regarding payment for automobile adaptive equipment and related services.  Today’s NPRM relies heavily on NMEDA resources and information – most notably the 2018 Average Price Survey – and our Association is referenced 21 times throughout the document.  “Part 2” of the VMSA-related rulemaking is expected to be released in August 2020.

NMEDA’s GR Team has carefully reviewed the document and will be submitting a comment in response to the NPRM.  We anticipate that several of our partner organizations will also submit comments.  Similar to the VMSA Public Meeting in June 2017, we will be reaching out to – and seeking comments from – our membership in advance of the May 12th comment deadline.  If you have questions or would like to submit a comment in response to the NPRM, please contact Amy Schoppman at Amy.Schoppman@nmeda.org or (813) 264-2697.