Testimonials about Home Healthcare

"Approximately two million home caregivers represent one of the fastest growing professions in the nation and, with the baby boom generation beginning to move into their retirement years, it is clear that we will have an increasing need for home care services."
--President Barack Obama
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"Home or community-based care is cost-effective and most patients would prefer care in these settings to institutional care."
--Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
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"One of the most important things that we can do is to shift our orientation from institutional to community and home-based care. Advances in technology and infrastructure have made it possible for older adults - who previously would have been forced to move to a hospital or nursing home - to stay just where they want to be: in the comfort, privacy and security of their own homes."
--Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
Source: St. John Valley Times Op-Ed (link is no longer active)

"Clearly, at a time of fiscal constraint, we should be entrusting our efficient providers like home health agencies to ensure the clinical and quality improvement of our Medicare beneficiaries, over higher cost institutional setting like nursing homes and hospitals."
--Rep. David McKinley (R-WV)
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"We strongly believe that home health care will play a significant role in finding solutions to our health care needs, as well as lowering costs and ensuring the viability of our invaluable Medicare and Medicaid services."
--Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC)
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"I strongly support preserving seniors' access to home health care services. As the husband of a home health nurse, I know first-hand the quality care home health care provides to seniors."
--Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA)
Source: Bring the Vote Home Questionnaire

"I oppose efforts to impose unfair copays on home healthcare services. I believe such a policy would discourage use of home healthcare, resulting in a patient shift to more costly care settings like hospitals. While we must implement policies to control healthcare spending long-term, implementing unfair copays for home healthcare services is the wrong approach."
--Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN)
Source: Bring the Vote Home Questionnaire

"We must work to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid to ensure that current and future seniors can continue to have access to high-quality health care services like home health."
--Congressman Steve King (R-IA)
Source: Bring the Vote Home Questionnaire

"Today, home healthcare is more than just basic, long-term care. It is much more advanced and sophisticated. Highly skilled nurses and therapists are already working within the existing Medicare system to help patients manage heart disease, diabetes, balance problems and other illnesses that, if not properly treated, can increase the cost to Medicare. Home health is helping many of these people stay out of expensive alternatives, and is allowing our seniors to remain at home where they ought to be."
--Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
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"Home care was a great example. In the Accountable Care Act, we said that for home care providers that had utilization rates that were far outside the median, we were going to stop reimbursing for those episodes that were far outside the median… And it is estimated that single change, in controlling for the handful of outliers when it comes to high utilization rates in the home care line item, is going to get us almost $1 billion in savings over a 10-year period of time."
--Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

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