Texas Home Care Group Voices Concerns to Congress

A Texas home care and hospice group traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to voice its concerns to Congress regarding the affordability of care services.

The Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice joined other industry providers from across the country who are participating in a nationwide appeal for congressional support.

“Home care allows families to remain with their loved ones is more affordable than institutional care and is in dire need of congressional backing right now,” said Rachel Hammon, executive director of TAHC&H, in a statement. “With a 14 percent reduction in Medicare home health, which began Jan. 1, 2014, as authorized by the Affordable Care Act, many home health providers will be forced out of business and patients will lose access to care.”

The trade group’s goal is to educate members of Congress to oppose the planned reimbursement reductions by demonstrating how home health care saves taxpayers millions of dollars by providing care in a more affordable setting. The group also opposes reinstating co-payments for Medicare home health beneficiaries. 
 
“We know the Texas Delegation in Congress supports both affordable and compassionate health care,” said Hammon. “The Association has a long-standing and close relationship with the Texas Delegation and is privileged that the Delegation has so many members engaged in these issues.  By supporting home health, Members of Congress are both preserving this necessary service and improving the quality of care for hundreds of thousands of Texans.”

The Washington trip occurred between Sunday and Wednesday, March 26. 

Written by Alyssa Gerace