May 23, 2019

Alabama’s Terri Sewell Introduces Legislation to Help More People Have Access to In-Home Health Care

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Home Care Daily

Legislation has been introduced to the House of Representatives that would help to preserve access to home health care support services for many of the elderly and disabled residents. Even after the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) cut reimbursement rates to home health care support services by 14 percent to help pay for the Affordable Care act of 2010, there are more reimbursement cuts expected coming in 2020. 

According to some, these cuts are based on speculation and assumptions, especially how some home care agencies will establish a new payment system, but ultimately it could reduce access to quality care for elderly and disabled adults who need it most. 

This legislation, introduced as part of a bipartisan effort, was introduced by US Rep Terri Sewell (D- Alabama), Jodey Arrington (R-Texas), Vern Buchanan (R-Florida), Ralph Abraham (R-Louisiana), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tennessee), Garrett Graves (R-Louisiana), Ann McLane Kuster (D-New Hampshire), John Larson (D-Connecticut), Kenny Marchant (R-Texas), Jimmy Panetta (D-California), and Mac Thornberry (R-Texas). 

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