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 […]

Fla. Health Care Group Backs Bill To Boost Senior Home Care Choices

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) has made legislation giving seniors the option to convert their life insurance policies to pay for home care or skilled nursing care a top long-term care legislative priority for 2013.  Senate Bill 794, sponsored by state Senator Jeff Brandes, and House Bill 535, sponsored by state Representative Jimmy Patronis, […]

Home Care and Hospice Advocates Applaud Fiscal Cliff Outcome

Home health care escaped the fiscal cliff unscathed with President Obama’s signing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, prompting a sigh of relief among many fearing across-the-board spending cuts. Upon Obama’s passing of the bill, President of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Val J. Halamandaris expressed his praise for […]