Lawmakers Introduce Bill Focused On Strengthening Direct Care Workforce, Resources For Family Caregivers

A group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that not only focuses on improving conditions for professional caregivers, but family caregivers as well. On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) — Chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging — joined seven other senators in introducing the Supporting Our Direct Care Workforce and Family Caregivers […]

Why Federal Support For Home-Based Care Is Missing The Mark

Home-based care has experienced a series of symbolic wins in 2023, many of which came from President Biden himself or his administration. But not all home-based care providers feel like victors. Home-based care is a broad term, and there is a large chunk of providers that haven’t felt the warmth from policymakers in Washington, D.C., […]

New Bill Aims To Get Personal Care Covered By Traditional Medicare

A new bill that would remove certain barriers to home-based care will soon be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Expanding Care in the Home Act (ECHA) would, among other things, create a personal care services benefit in Medicare to give aid to beneficiaries who are unable to afford out-of-pocket payments but don’t […]

Providers On Biden’s Executive Order, Home-Based Care ‘Drumbeat That Won’t Be Ignored’

The Biden administration has made mention of home-based care regularly and intentionally during its tenure in the White House. It did so again Wednesday, this time through 50-plus directives for government agencies, many of which were home care-related. Though still just directives, the sitting president making this sweeping of an executive order focused on senior […]

Lawsuit Filed Against HHS Over Home Health Care Shortcomings Dismissed

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed a class action lawsuit that accused the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of failing to properly administer the Medicare home health benefit. The plaintiffs had argued the home health services required under Medicare law were wholly insufficient. Medicare law authorizes coverage […]

NAHC’s Dombi: Home Health Providers Need To Embrace Medicare Advantage Opportunities

With Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment poised to surpass traditional Medicare, home health providers will be forced to engage with plans, or otherwise, be left behind. That’s according to William A. Dombi, the president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Dombi expressed this viewpoint during his keynote speech at the Illinois HomeCare […]

In Win For Home-Based Care Providers, Health Care Workforce Bill Passes

A bill that passed Wednesday on the state level is being touted as a potential blueprint to mitigating home-based care workforce shortages nationwide. In Frankfort, Kentucky on Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear passed the Kentucky Healthcare Workforce Development Act, legislation that aims to combat workforce shortages by building a public-private partnership that is designed to increase […]

Home-Based Care Stakeholders See Public-Private Partnerships As Way To Address Workforce Shortage

Following the U.S. Senate’s request for information (RFI) regarding solutions to the national health care workforce crisis, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) submitted a comment letter on Saturday. The letter detailed the challenges the home-based care sector has been facing, and also included possible solutions. Among the potential solutions is recent state legislation […]