[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 205 (Wednesday, October 23, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 63139-63143]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-24625]


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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

38 CFR Part 12

RIN 2900-AO41


Designee for Patient Personal Property

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its 
regulation that governs a competent veteran's designation of a person 
to receive the veteran's funds and personal effects in the event that 
such veteran was to die while in a VA field facility. The proposed rule 
would eliminate reference to an obsolete VA form, clarify the role of a 
VA fiduciary for an incompetent veteran-patient, as well as restructure 
the current regulation for ease of readability.

DATES: Comments must be received by VA on or before December 23, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted through 
www.regulations.gov; by mail or hand-delivery to the Director, 
Regulation Policy and Management (02REG), Department of Veterans 
Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Room 1068, Washington, DC 20420; or by 
fax to (202) 273-9026. Comments should indicate that they are submitted 
in response to ``RIN 2900-AO41, Designee for Patient Personal 
Property.'' Copies of comments received will be available for public 
inspection in the Office of Regulation Policy and Management, Room 
1063B, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday (except holidays). Call (202) 461-4902 for an appointment. (This 
is not a toll-free number.) In addition, during the comment period, 
comments may be viewed online through the Federal Docket Management 
System (FDMS) at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristin J. Cunningham, Director, 
Business Policy, Chief Business Office, Department of Veterans Affairs, 
810 Vermont Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20420; (202) 461-1599. (This is 
not a toll-free number.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: If a competent veteran who is receiving VA 
medical care dies in a VA field facility, any funds and personal 
effects belonging to the veteran must be turned over to the person who 
had been designated by the veteran upon admission to such VA field 
facility. VA requests and encourages a competent veteran to designate 
an individual and provide the facility with the individual's 
information in order to facilitate the process of disposition of the 
veteran's funds and personal effects in the event of his or her death, 
and to help alleviate some of the burden on the deceased veteran's 
survivors.
    Current Sec.  12.1(a) states that a competent veteran who is 
admitted to receive VA care will be requested and encouraged to 
designate on the prescribed VA Form 10-P-10, Application for Hospital 
Treatment or Domiciliary Care, a person to whom VA would deliver the 
veteran's funds and effects in the event of such veteran's death. When 
this regulation was originally written in 1948, VA Form 10-P-10 was the 
VA form used by veterans to apply for hospital or domiciliary care in 
the VA health care system. VA Form 10-P-10 contained a space for a 
veteran to designate a person who would receive the veteran's funds and 
effects in the event of the veteran's death in a VA field facility. The 
veteran provided the name and address of the designee, as well as an 
alternate designee, on the form. However, VA Form 10-P-10 is an 
obsolete form that is no longer used by VA. The current form that 
veterans use to apply for enrollment in the VA health care system is VA 
Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits. However, VA Form 10-10EZ 
does not include a space for a veteran to designate someone to receive 
his or her funds and effects.
    VA currently requests a veteran to name a designee during the 
registration process when VA admits a veteran for care at a VA field 
facility. The designee information is recorded by VA personnel directly 
into the veteran's record in the Veterans Health Information Systems 
and Technology Architecture (VistA), VA's patient database. The veteran 
is requested to verify the designation each subsequent

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time the veteran is admitted, during the registration process. However, 
having a VA employee enter the designee into VistA without having a 
signed written designation by the veteran increases the risk for 
litigation against VA by the veteran's survivors. The veteran's 
survivors may claim the designee was not appointed by the veteran 
because the veteran did not sign a document to designate such 
individual to receive his or her personal funds and effects. In order 
to reduce the risk of litigation, we propose to create a new VA form. 
VA would encourage a competent veteran to complete and sign this form 
upon admittance to receive VA medical care. On said form, the veteran 
would designate an individual to receive the veteran's funds and 
effects in the event that such veteran were to die while receiving VA 
medical care. Proposed paragraph (a)(1) would state: ``Upon admission 
to a VA field facility, VA will request and encourage a competent 
veteran to designate in writing, on the relevant VA form, an individual 
to whom VA will deliver the veteran's funds and effects in the event of 
the veteran's death in such VA field facility.'' In proposed paragraph 
(a)(5), we would state that, to be effective, a completed form must be 
received by the facility head or facility designee prior to the 
veteran's death. We would not include the form number in proposed 
paragraph (a) in order to avoid future amendments in the event that 
such form should change.
    Current paragraph (a) also states: ``The veteran may in writing 
change or revoke such designation at any time.'' We propose to restate 
this requirement, reworded for clarity, as proposed paragraph (a)(2). 
Proposed paragraph (a)(2) would state: ``The veteran may change or 
revoke a designation in writing, on the relevant VA form, at any 
time.''
    We also propose to restructure Sec.  12.1 for ease of readability. 
Current Sec.  12.1(a) is a long and very dense paragraph containing 
information on several key elements of the designation process. We 
propose to divide it into several smaller paragraphs to make the 
information easier to find.
    Section 8502 of title 38, United States Code, does not restrict 
whom the veteran may designate to receive the veteran's funds or 
effects in the event that such veteran dies in a VA field facility. 
However, to ensure compliance with the rules regarding government 
ethics, current Sec.  12.1(a) states that ``[t]he person designated may 
not be an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs unless such 
employee be the wife (or husband), child, grandchild, mother, father, 
grandmother, grandfather, brother, or sister of the veteran.'' In 
proposed Sec.  12.1(a)(4), we would continue to disallow as a possible 
designee a VA employee who is not a member of the veteran's family 
simply to avoid any potential for impropriety or the appearance 
thereof.
    However, we believe that the list of potential designees in the 
current rule should be broadened to accommodate other members of the 
veteran's family who are not on the list. The determination of the 
designee is an expression of preference by the veteran and restricting 
this determination to a limited pool of family members may prevent the 
veteran from designating a trusted individual in the veteran's extended 
family because they are employed by VA. Thus, we propose to eliminate 
this list and simply state, in proposed paragraph (a)(4), that the 
designee may not be a VA employee unless such employee is a member of 
the veteran's family. We would also define the term ``family member'' 
for purposes of this section to include ``the spouse, parent, child, 
step family member, extended family member or an individual who lives 
with the veteran but is not a relative of the veteran.''
    Proposed paragraph (a)(3) would cross-reference Sec.  12.5, 
Nondesignee cases, for instances in which the designee is unable or 
unwilling to accept the delivery of funds and effects. We would also 
cross-reference Sec.  12.5 for instances in which the veteran does not 
provide a designee. Because Sec.  12.5 provides a process for VA to 
follow when no designee exists or when a designee is unable or 
unwilling to accept the delivery of funds and effects, we propose to 
eliminate the need for the veteran to name an alternate designee, as 
stated in current paragraph (a). This will also ease any burden on the 
veteran to make an additional designation.
    Proposed paragraph (b) would incorporate the language from current 
paragraph (a) that states that the delivery of the veteran's funds or 
effects does not affect the title to such funds or effects or the 
person ultimately entitled to receive them. Proposed paragraph (b) 
would restructure the language of paragraph (a) for ease of 
readability, without change in content.
    Current paragraph (a) also states that if a veteran becomes 
incompetent while admitted to VA care, any designation that the veteran 
had previously made will become inoperative with respect to the funds 
deposited by VA in the Personal Funds of Patients account that are 
derived from gratuitous benefits under laws administered by VA. It 
further states that the veteran's guardian may change or revoke the 
existing designation with regards to the personal effects and funds 
derived from other sources. We propose to add a new paragraph to 
explain what happens to Personal Funds of Patients accounts when a 
veteran becomes incompetent. VA has authority, under 38 U.S.C. 
5502(a)(1), to appoint an individual to manage a veteran's VA benefits 
after VA determines that the veteran is incompetent. The term that VA 
uses for this individual is ``fiduciary.''
    Section 5506 of title 38, United States Code, defines the term 
``fiduciary,'' for purposes of chapters 55 and 61 of 38, United States 
Code, as ``(1) a person who is a guardian, curator, conservator, 
committee, or person legally vested with the responsibility or care of 
a claimant (or a claimant's estate) or of a beneficiary (or a 
beneficiary's estate); or (2) any other person having been appointed in 
a representative capacity to receive money paid under any of the laws 
administered by the Secretary for the use and benefit of a minor, 
incompetent, or other beneficiary.'' The term ``fiduciary'' is 
different than the term ``guardian'' as the latter term is currently 
used in paragraph (a). The term ``guardian'' in current paragraph (a) 
refers to a guardian or conservator appointed by a state court after 
such court makes a determination that a veteran is incompetent.
    VA may, pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 5502(a) and 38 CFR 13.55, conclude 
that a veteran is incompetent to manage his or her VA-derived funds 
based on medical evidence without the need of a court determination 
and, as a result, appoint a fiduciary, who may or may not be the 
guardian appointed by the state court. The VA-appointed fiduciary is 
authorized by VA to manage the veteran's monetary VA benefits, while a 
court-appointed guardian or conservator may be authorized to manage all 
of the veteran's affairs. We would state in proposed paragraph (c) that 
if an order of a state court determines that a veteran is incompetent 
or if a VA clinician determines that the veteran is unable to manage 
monetary VA benefits after such veteran is admitted in a VA field 
facility, then ``[t]he VA field facility staff will contact the 
Veterans Benefits Administration for the application of 38 CFR 3.353, 
regarding an incompetency rating as to whether the veteran is able to 
manage monetary VA benefits, and, if appropriate, 38 CFR 13.55, 
regarding VA fiduciary appointments.'' We would also state that the 
Veterans Benefits Administration's determination of a veteran being 
incompetent to manage VA benefits would negate any designation under 
paragraph (a) of this

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section with regards to VA benefits deposited by VA into the Personal 
Funds of Patients. However, the Veterans Benefits Administration's 
determination of a veteran being incompetent to manage VA benefits will 
not change the veteran's designation regarding ``disposition of funds 
and personal effects derived from non-VA sources, unless a court-
appointed guardian or conservator changes or revokes the existing 
designation.''
    Proposed paragraph (c) would also not include the term ``gratuitous 
benefits under laws administered by the Department of Veterans 
Affairs,'' which appears in the current regulation. This is an archaic 
term that is no longer used in VA, and we believe that the public will 
find it confusing. The modern convention of this term is ``VA 
benefits.'' For this same reason, we propose to remove the phrase 
``funds derived from gratuitous benefits under laws administered by the 
Department of Veterans Affairs'' from Sec.  12.0 and replace it with 
``funds derived from VA benefits.'' For this same reason, we would also 
make similar changes to Sec. Sec.  12.2(a), 12.3(a)(1), 12.4(a), 
12.4(d), 12.5(c), 12.5(d).
    We would move the content of current Sec.  12.1(b) to proposed 
Sec.  12.1(d), and would add that VA will encourage a veteran to place 
articles of little or no use to the veteran during the period of care 
in the custody of either a family member or a friend, whereas the 
current rule refers only to the veteran's ``relatives.''
    We also propose to amend the authority citation for 38 CFR part 12. 
The current authority citation for part 12 is ``72 Stat. 1114, 1259, as 
amended; 38 U.S.C. 501, 8510.'' We propose to delete the reference to 
``72 Stat. 1114, 1259, as amended,'' because it is an outdated method 
of referencing VA statutory authority. The current method of citation 
is to title 38 of the United States Code. We also propose to correct 
the citation because 38 U.S.C. 8510 is not the sole authority for 38 
CFR part 12. Chapter 85 of title 38, United States Code, applies to all 
the sections within 38 CFR part 12. We, therefore, propose to amend the 
authority citation for 38 CFR part 12 to state ``Authority: 38 U.S.C. 
501, 8501-8528.''

Effect of Rulemaking

    The Code of Federal Regulations, as proposed to be revised by this 
proposed rulemaking, would represent the exclusive legal authority on 
this subject. No contrary rules or procedures would be authorized. All 
VA guidance would be read to conform with this proposed rulemaking if 
possible or, if not possible, such guidance would be superseded by this 
rulemaking.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This proposed rule includes a provision constituting a collection 
of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3501-3521) that requires approval by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). Specifically, proposed Sec.  12.1 contains a collection 
of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Accordingly, 
under section 3507(d), VA has submitted a copy of this rulemaking 
action to OMB for review. OMB assigns control numbers to collections of 
information it approves. VA may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is 
not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it 
displays a currently valid OMB control number. If OMB does not approve 
the collections of information as requested, VA will immediately remove 
the provisions containing a collection of information or take such 
other action as is directed by OMB.
    Comments on the collection of information contained in this 
proposed rule should be submitted to the Office of Management and 
Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Washington, DC 20503, 
with copies sent by mail or hand delivery to: Director, Office of 
Regulation Policy and Management (02REG), Department of Veterans 
Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave., NW., Room 1068, Washington, DC 20420; fax to 
(202) 273-9026; or through www.Regulations.gov. Comments should 
indicate that they are submitted in response to ``2900-AO41-Designee 
for Patient Personal Property.''
    OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of 
information contained in this proposed rule between 30 and 60 days 
after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, 
a comment to OMB is best assured of having its full effect if OMB 
receives it within 30 days of publication. This does not affect the 
deadline for the public to comment on the proposed rule.
    VA considers comments by the public on proposed collections of 
information in--
     Evaluating whether the proposed collections of information 
are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of VA, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluating the accuracy of VA's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed collections of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
     Enhancing the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Minimizing the burden of the collections of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses.
    The proposed amendments to 38 CFR 12.1 contain a collection of 
information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for which we are 
requesting approval by OMB. This collection of information is described 
immediately following this paragraph.
    Title: Designee for Patient Personal Property.
    Summary of collection of information: The information required in 
Sec.  12.1 would allow the veteran, upon admission to a VA field 
facility, to designate a person to receive the veteran's funds or 
effects in the event that the veteran dies while admitted to such VA 
field facility. The information required in Sec.  12.1 would also allow 
the veteran to change or revoke such designee.
    Description of the need for information and proposed use of 
information: If the veteran dies in a VA field facility, any funds or 
personal effects belonging to the veteran must be turned over to a 
person designated by the veteran. VA requests and encourages a veteran 
to name a person as a designee in order to facilitate the process of 
disposition of the veteran's funds and effects. VA also allows the 
veteran the opportunity to change or revoke such designee at any time. 
The information obtained through this collection eliminates some of the 
burden on the deceased veteran's survivors in the event of the 
veteran's death in a VA field facility.
    Description of likely respondents: Veterans admitted to a VA field 
facility.
    Estimated number of respondents per year: 165,844.
    Estimated frequency of responses per year: 1.
    Estimated average burden per response: 3 minutes.
    Estimated total annual reporting and recordkeeping burden: 8,292 
hours per year.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Secretary hereby certifies that this proposed rule would not 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities as

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they are defined in the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601-612. 
This proposed rule would directly affect only individuals and would not 
directly affect small entities. Therefore, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), 
this rulemaking is exempt from the initial and final regulatory 
flexibility analysis requirements of sections 603 and 604.

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, when 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, and other advantages; distributive impacts; 
and equity). Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory 
Review) emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and 
benefits, reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and promoting flexibility. 
Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review) defines a 
``significant regulatory action'' requiring review by OMB as ``any 
regulatory action that is likely to result in a rule that may: (1) Have 
an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely 
affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, 
productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or 
safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities; (2) 
Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action 
taken or planned by another agency; (3) Materially alter the budgetary 
impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the 
rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or (4) Raise novel legal 
or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's 
priorities, or the principles set forth in this Executive Order.''
    The economic, interagency, budgetary, legal, and policy 
implications of this regulatory action have been examined, and it has 
been determined not to be a significant regulatory action under 
Executive Order 12866.

Unfunded Mandates

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 requires, at 2 U.S.C. 
1532, that agencies prepare an assessment of anticipated costs and 
benefits before issuing any rule that may result in the expenditure by 
State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the 
private sector, of $100 million or more (adjusted annually for 
inflation) in any one year. This proposed rule would have no such 
effect on State, local, and tribal governments, or on the private 
sector.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

    The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance program numbers and 
titles for this proposed rule are as follows: 64.007, Blind 
Rehabilitation Centers; 64.008, Veterans Domiciliary Care; 64.009, 
Veterans Medical Care Benefits; 64.010, Veterans Nursing Home Care; 
64.019, Veterans Rehabilitation--Alcohol and Drug Dependence.

Signing Authority

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this 
document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document 
to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as 
an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jose D. 
Riojas, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this 
document on September 30, 2013, for publication.

List of Subjects in 38 CFR Part 12

    Estates; Veterans.

    Dated: October 17, 2013.
William F. Russo,
Deputy Director, Regulation Policy and Management, Office of the 
General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, we propose to amend 38 
CFR part 12 as follows:

PART 12--DISPOSITION OF VETERAN'S PERSONAL FUNDS AND EFFECTS

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1. The authority citation for part 12 is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501, 8501-8528.


Sec.  12.0  [Amended]

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2. Amend Sec.  12.0 paragraph (b) by removing the phrase ``funds 
derived from gratuitous benefits under laws administered by the 
Department of Veterans Affairs'' and adding, in its place, ``funds 
derived from VA benefits''.
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3. Revise Sec.  12.1 to read as follows:


Sec.  12.1  Designee cases; competent veterans.

    (a) Designees--general. (1) Upon admission to a VA field facility, 
VA will request and encourage a competent veteran to designate in 
writing, on the relevant VA form, an individual to whom VA will deliver 
the veteran's funds and effects in the event of the veteran's death in 
such VA field facility. The individual named by the veteran is referred 
to in this part as the designee.
    (2) The veteran may change or revoke a designation in writing, on 
the relevant VA form, at any time.
    (3) If the veteran does not name a designee or if a designee is 
unable or unwilling to accept delivery of funds or effects, Sec.  12.5 
Nondesignee cases, applies.
    (4) The designee may not be a VA employee unless such employee is a 
member of the veteran's family. For purposes of this section, a family 
member includes the spouse, parent, child, step family member, extended 
family member or an individual who lives with the veteran but is not a 
member of the veteran's family.
    (5) To be effective, a completed form must be received by the 
facility head or facility designee prior to the veteran's death.
    (b) Delivery of funds and effects. The delivery of the veteran's 
funds or effects to the designee is only a delivery of possession. Such 
delivery of possession does not affect in any manner:
    (1) The title to such funds or effects; or
    (2) The person legally entitled to ownership of such funds or 
effects.
    (c) Veteran becomes incompetent. If a veteran is determined to be 
incompetent pursuant to an order of a state court or is determined to 
be unable to manage monetary VA benefits by a VA clinician after the 
veteran is admitted to a VA field facility, the VA field facility staff 
will contact the Veterans Benefits Administration for the application 
of 38 CFR 3.353, regarding an incompetency rating as to whether the 
veteran is able to manage monetary VA benefits, and, if appropriate, 38 
CFR 13.55, regarding VA fiduciary appointments. If the Veterans 
Benefits Administration determines that a veteran is incompetent to 
manage monetary VA benefits, any designation by the veteran under 
paragraph (a) of this section will cease with respect to VA benefits 
that are deposited by VA into the Personal Funds of Patients. The 
veteran's designation will not change with respect to disposition of 
funds and personal effects derived from non-VA sources, unless a court-
appointed guardian or conservator changes or revokes the existing 
designation.
    (d) Retention of funds and effects by a veteran. Upon admission to 
a VA field facility, VA will encourage a competent veteran to:
    (1) Place articles of little or no use to the veteran during the 
period of care in the custody of a family member or friend; and
    (2) Retain only such funds and effects that are actually required 
and necessary for the veteran's immediate convenience.


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(The Office of Management and Budget has approved the information 
collection requirement in this section under control number 2900-XXXX.)

    (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 8502)


Sec.  12.2  [Amended]

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4. In Sec.  12.2 amend paragraph (a) by removing the phrase ``funds 
deposited by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Personal Funds of 
Patients which were derived from gratuitous benefits under laws 
administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs'' and adding, in its 
place, ``funds deposited by VA in Personal Funds of Patients that were 
derived from VA benefits''.


Sec.  12.3  [Amended]

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5. In Sec.  12.3 amend paragraph (a)(1) by removing the phrase ``funds 
deposited by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Personal Funds of 
Patients which were derived from gratuitous benefits under laws 
administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs'' and adding, in its 
place, ``funds deposited by VA in Personal Funds of Patients that were 
derived from VA benefits,'' and by removing the word ``gratuitous'' and 
adding, in its place ``VA''.


Sec.  12.4  [Amended]

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6. Amend Sec.  12.4 by:
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a. In paragraph (a), removing the phrase ``funds on deposit in Personal 
Funds of Patients derived from gratuitous benefits under laws 
administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and deposited by the 
Department of Veterans Affairs'' and adding, in its place, ``funds 
deposited by VA in Personal Funds of Patients that were derived from VA 
benefits''.
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b. In paragraph (d), removing the phrase ``funds deposited by the 
Department of Veterans Affairs in Personal Funds of Patients derived 
from gratuitous benefits under laws administered by the Department of 
Veterans Affairs'' and adding, in its place, ``funds deposited by VA in 
Personal Funds of Patients that were derived from VA benefits''.


Sec.  12.5  [Amended]

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7. Amend Sec.  12.5 by:
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a. In paragraph (c), removing the phrase ``gratuitous benefits 
deposited by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Personal Funds of 
Patients under laws administered by the Department of Veterans 
Affairs'' and adding, in its place, ``funds deposited by VA in Personal 
Funds of Patients that were derived from VA benefits''.
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b. In paragraph (d), removing the phrase ``gratuitous benefits under 
laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs'' and adding, 
in its place, ``VA benefits''; and removing ``funds derived from 
gratuitous'' and adding, in its place, ``funds derived from VA''.

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