April 26, 2019
Maine Compass: Sen. Collins fights to protect home health for Mainers
We Mainers often think of ourselves as wonderfully independent. We cherish the choice to live our lives the way we want and take pride in the strength of our communities. Part of that means choosing to remain in our homes as we get older, which requires access to health care services delivered in the home setting. Yet choice and community could be undermined by a new federal regulation that could restrict access to home health for Mainers dependent on the Medicare program.
On the state level, home care has recently been central to policy discussions surrounding the “Universal Home Care” debate, which fostered an important conversation around access to home care at a time when our state’s population is aging. Now, we are facing an equally important conversation on the federal level being led by Sen. Susan Collins.