Terri Sewell Attempts to Thwart Home Healthcare Invasion
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed budget cuts, which would kick in on January 1st, 2020, that could limit access to home health services and result in an estimated loss of $950 million for home health providers that care for more than 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries across the country. Home healthcare is often a cheaper alternative to hospital stays, but the Trump administration has other plans for the money. Interesting way to kick off a campaign year. Healthcare was one of the top issues with voters in the 2018 midterms and swing states like Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona have are in the top 10 states for largest senior populations. Even so, the White House, the GOP-run Senate, and even some state legislatures are pushing a plan of grand theft healthcare. But not if Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) can help it. She introduced the Home Health Payment Innovation Act, a bill designed to protect home healthcare services under Medicaid regardless of eventual cuts. “I know firsthand the benefits of home health care. When my dad was left wheelchair-bound after a series of strokes, my mom needed help caring for him. He was lucky enough to receive care from highly-skilled and caring nurses and other health care professionals right where he wanted to be – at home,” said Sewell. “Home health providers were not only a lifeline for my dad, their services are critical for seniors, disabled individuals and those with limited mobility in my district.” She said her legislation would help preserve access to existing home health services under the Medicare program, while also providing a pathway to expanding the use of home health care, without increasing Medicare program spending. More here.