Future of 30-year-old Home Care Program in New York Senate’s Hands

A bill submitted to the New York State Senate could make or break the state’s 30-year-old Long Term Home Health Care Program (LTHHCP), or the Lombardi Progrram, which provides in-home care options for patients.

LTHHCP was first accepted by legislature in 1977 and has allowed seniors the option of in-home, personal care as an alternative to receiving care in a larger institution, according to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

New York State Association of Health Care Providers, Inc. (HCP) in a memo of support of (A.8522-A) says LTHHCP is an integral piece of long-term care in New York.

“The LTHHCP has been a landmark program in New York State for over 30 years, enabling more than 30,000 patients annually to receive high-quality, coordinated care at home instead of in an institution. The impact on New York’s patients and families has been tremendous,” said the April 2012 memo.

Home Care Association (HCA) of New York State in their memo of support for the bill cites the reason this legislation is necessary is to protect the in-home long term care option against required enrollment in larger institutions. 

Deadline for passing the bill is today (June 21), according to a June 20 Crain’s Health Pulse newsletter.

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Written by Erin Hegarty 

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