Biden Wants To Let More Seniors With Disabilities Get Care At Home.
Paige Winfield Cunningham writes in her The Health 202 column in the Washington Post (4/1) that President Biden “wants to let more seniors and those with disabilities get care at home instead of having to live in a nursing facility. The president is proposing to spend $400 billion on long-term care within the massive jobs package he rolled out yesterday. He made the opening pitch for his plan in Pittsburgh, calling it a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revamp the country’s infrastructure, reinvigorate the economy and tackle climate change, my colleague Reis Thebault reports.”
Commentary Says Biden’s $400B Home-Based Long-Term Care Expansion Will Not Fully Address Nation’s Long-Term Care Problems.
Contributor Howard Gleckman writes in Forbes (4/1) that President Biden’s $400 billion dollar proposal for increasing “federal support for home-based long-term care” will not “fully address the nation’s long-term care problems.” For instance, Gleckman says that it focuses on Medicaid HCBS (home and community-based services) only and it still will not “provide sufficient services for many older adults and younger people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid for their care.” Alternatively, Gleckman suggests that in addition to “expanding Medicaid HCBS, Congress could create a fully funded public long-term care insurance program” that “would make it possible for people to get the care they need without relying on Medicaid at all.”
Biden Administration Pushing For Home Health Medicaid Coverage, $400B In Funding.
Modern Healthcare (3/31, Christ, Subscription Publication) reports, “The Biden administration is calling on Congress to expand access to home and community-based care services covered by Medicaid as part of a multi-billion dollar investment in the ‘care economy.’” In addition, the proposal “asks Congress to put $400 billion toward expanding access to home and community-based care for the elderly and people with disabilities.”
FierceHealthcare (3/31, King) reports that the White House said, “Research shows that increasing the pay of direct care workers greatly enhances workers’ financial security, improves productivity and increases the quality of care offered.” The package “would also extend the use of the Money Follows the Person program, a Medicaid demonstration that gives more federal money to states that move beneficiaries from nursing homes to more community- and home-based services.”
Biden’s Economic Package To Include Investments In Child Care, Elderly Care.
The Wall Street Journal (3/28, Lucey, Parti, Subscription Publication) reports that President Biden’s upcoming economic package will include investments in child-care and care for the elderly, two areas the President sees as obstacles for women in the workforce. Administration officials said Biden’s plans are not yet complete but would invest in areas ranging from tax credits to outright subsidies.