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Bliss Tubs recently learned that, according to VHA Directive 1173.14 (PDF), the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Program has disconintued coverage of walk-in bathtubs for qualified veterans. The document, published December 26, 2017, lists “walk-in, sit down, hydrotherapy, jetted, spa, Jacuzzi style tubs” under section 7b as “examples of modifications that do not meet the scope of HISA.”
The directive rescinds VHA Handbook 1173.14, Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Programs, dated April 18, 2008 which covered home improvements including walk-in bathtubs for veterans who met the specific qualifications of the program.
According to the directive, some structural alterations and improvements remain covered, including barrier-free showers.
We are very concerned about the impact that this directive will have on veterans in need across the country. We will be closely monitoring VA public relations bulletins and directives and will revise this section as soon as this unfortunate change in policy is rescinded.
Founded by a U.S. military veteran, Bliss Tubs is proud to continue helping veterans to enjoy safer bathing at home, for as long as possible. Our premium-quality walk-in tubs are constructed with high-quality components. They deliver a host of benefits for veterans struggling with injuries, disabilities, or issues related to aging. Our walk-in bathtubs are also surprisingly affordable. At Bliss Tubs, we can work with you to provide a solution to meet your needs and fit most budgets.
All new Bliss Tubs walk-in bathtubs come with a limited lifetime warranty to help you enjoy safer bathing, without worry!
For more information about Bliss Tubs walk-in bathtubs or to receive a free written estimate or sales quote please use our contact form or call us today.
For information on HISA, SAH and other veteran benefits, visit the Veterans Administration website at www.benefits.va.gov.