Vermont House Votes in Favor of Home Care Union, Wages

The Vermont House approved a bill last week that would allow home care workers in the state to receive workplace benefits through unionization.  In an 95-41 vote, the House voted in favor of home care bill S.59, which proposes to establish a Direct Support Provider Workforce Council for the recruitment and retention of home care workers, […]

Massachusetts Officials Weigh Need for New Home Care Law

A Massachusetts hearing this week weighed the need for home care legislative measures within the state.  As one of just five states that do not currently have licensure or certificate-of-need process for home health care providers, more oversight is needed, home care representatives and elected officials told Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Health Care Financing Tuesday according […]

House Bill Looks to Axe Round 2 of CMS Bid Program

Last night, the efforts of two Congressmen introduced a bill that will prevent the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from implementing Round 2 of its competitive bidding program. H.R. 1717, the Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013, will stop the bidding program, forcing CMS to adopt a market-based approach to determine prices […]

Illinois House Approves $173 Million Home Care Bill

This month, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a supplemental spending bill that provides funds for community care to keep seniors in their homes.  Approved in a landslide 115-2 vote, the legislation allocates $173 million for home health services. The approval is the latest in a string of events that began in mid-March with a […]

Forbes: Co-Pays for Home Health Care Yield Unintended Consequences

One goal of President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, submitted last week to Congress, is to reduce the nation’s debt deficit, but the home health care industry may suffer as a result, according to  two Forbes columnists.  In order to achieve deficit reduction while simultaneously increasing discretionary spending by about $1.4 billion, the budget has […]

Home Care Workers to Obama: “We’re Still Waiting”

On December 15, 2011, as part of his “We Can’t Wait” program, President Obama pledged to end federal regulations excluding home care workers from minimum wage and overtime protections, according to the Paraprofessional Health Institute (PHI). Sixteen months later, millions of home care workers across the U.S. are still waiting, according to a Thursday press […]

Obama’s 2014 Budget May Spell Changes for Home Health Providers

The home health care industry could experience some changes in 2014 such as Medicare copayments for new beneficiaries or increased fraud prevention measures for agencies receiving federal reimbursements. Some aspects of President Obama’s 2013 budget pertaining to home health care will likely remain for next year’s budget, expected to be released on April 10, according […]

Bill Aims to Incentivize Use of Remote Tech for Home Health Providers

U.S. Senators re-introduced a bill that would expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare, also enabling more adults to receive care within the comforts of home, reports the Echo Press of Alexandria, Minnesota. Introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD), the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act aims to create a pilot […]

Indiana Seniors to Rally Against In-Home Care Program Cuts

AARP and the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging is sending a busload of 40 seniors to rally at the Statehouse on March 26, the News-Sentinel reports. Reasons for the rally stem from proposed budget cuts to the CHOICE Home Care Program, which provides in-home services that allow older adults to stay in their […]