Clockwise from top left, Chellie Pingree, Jared Golden, Susan Collins and Angus King. Credit: Composite photo | BDN

AUGUSTA, Maine — A proposal backed by the four members of Maine’s congressional delegation to expand access to dementia care for veterans is slated to be signed into law.

The proposal is designed to address a gap in care for veterans who live with early-stage dementia, sponsors said. It passed both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate unanimously.

The four members of the delegation said the measure will provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with more flexibility so they can allow veterans to receive the care they need. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden said the proposal will prevent veterans who need care from falling through the cracks of the system.

Maine Veterans Homes chief executive officer Kelley Kash said the law change will correct an administrative problem that has made it harder for veterans to access care.