May 14, 2024

Jennifer Whitley: Medicare cuts robbing NC seniors of home care

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Life in rural North Carolina is picture perfect: fresh air, friendly neighbors, welcoming churches and quiet, family-oriented communities. Who would want to give this all up just because they get sick?

Very few would, which is why home health services are so important for older North Carolinians. Since 1981, the nonprofit agency I lead has been honored to serve thousands of seniors across our state, helping families, children, parents and grandparents access care at home during their most difficult times.

Unfortunately, years of successive Medicare cuts are pushing home health care providers like us to the brink. And now, even deeper Medicare cuts threaten to further erode patient’s access to home health. Every senior deserves to choose where they would like to get health care and grow old.

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