All Hands on Deck! Federal Government Proposes Major Cuts to Home Health Funding

Published On: September 2, 2022

On June 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed the largest cut to home health funding in Medicare’s 35+ year history. If this proposal is passed into law, this permanent 7.69% cut will significantly harm not only the home health sector of the industry, but will impact the availability of care for millions of Americans. CMS’ cuts will equate to $1.33 billion for the industry in 2023 alone.

As you may know, access to Medicare home health care services is vital to the health, safety, and rehabilitation of America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Examples of skilled home health services include:

  • Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
  • Patient and caregiver education
  • Intravenous or nutrition therapy
  • Injections
  • Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status

We need you to share your voice and take action to stop these cuts. 

BAYADA’s Hearts for Home Care (H4HC) advocacy experts have partnered with national industry organizations to consolidate and amplify our message with a full-scale grassroots advocacy plan. H4HC’s advocacy plans include:

  • Joining industry associations, including the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Partnership for Quality Home Health (PQHH), in Action Alert emails to generate large numbers of correspondence to federal decision-makers regarding the importance of supporting legislation to stop the proposed home health cut
  • Submitting written testimony describing the importance of home health, and the effect the proposed cut would have on clients across the nation
  • Holding in-person and online meetings with US Congressional offices
  • Attending in-district Congressional town hall meetings during the August recess period to raise awareness of the issue in public forums
  • Generating media opportunities through home visits with home health clients
  • Supporting PQHH and other industry-wide organizations in a social media campaign

Promising Legislation 

H4HC and industry stakeholders are proud to announce that, so far, Congress has heard us: the US Senate and House have introduced a bipartisan bill—the Preserving Access to Home Healthcare Act (S.4605/H.R. 8581). If passed as currently drafted, this legislation will prevent the proposed cuts to home health from taking effect prior to 2026.  But while immediate action from BAYADA and our industry partners has resulted in this Congressional support—much more needs to be done to ensure home health care’s protection.

Take Action/Get Involved

  • Take Action: Click HERE to send a pre-written email to your congressional representatives telling them to support the Preserving Access to Home Health Act, which would stop these cuts until 2026. This action only takes one minute to complete!
  • Meet with your congressional representatives: We can help you set up meetings with your lawmakers and be there to facilitate the call with you. Email Maggie DiPasquale at [email protected] for more information on this effort.
  • Spread the word: Share our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram social media posts with friends and family to get the word out about these devastating cuts.

Please know that we cannot stop these cuts without ensuring that federal lawmakers hear from their home health community constituents—you—about how billions of dollars in cuts will put vulnerable individuals and home health jobs at serious risk. Voices like yours are highly influential to lawmakers, which is why we need you to join us in the fight to preserve home health care funding. 

Advocacy Matters!

Despite the fact that many people in government and regulatory positions agree that home health care is a cost-effective, patient-preferred solution, it continues to be prioritized below institutional care. Not investing in home care will decrease the supply of qualified workers, increase turnover, and compromise the quality of home care services. At Hearts for Home Care, we help those that care about home care by enabling YOU to get involved at the capacity in which you’re able to do so.

Email us at [email protected] or visit our website  in order to learn more about the home care advocacy community and find opportunities to get involved.

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