WASHINGTON, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David J. Totaro, Chairman of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based
"The President's budget proposal includes a number of Medicaid policy reforms that Congress and the affected communities will now consider. As this important process gets underway, we urge that individuals' access to home-based care and services be prioritized. Home-based care is well-documented as a high-touch, low-cost, and consumer-preferred solution, and it delivers clinically-advanced and cost-effective services to Americans every day.
"Although the Medicaid program plays a vital role across our nation, 1965-era aspects of the program are vestiges of a time long past. Nowhere is this as evident as the bias that still exists within the program for institutionalization of individuals who can be served equally well and at much lower cost in their homes and communities. Indeed, Medicaid still requires that individuals who want to remain in their homes instead be placed in nursing homes and other institutional facilities at greater cost to the Medicaid program and taxpayers.
"For that reason, PMHC encourages Congress to consider ways in which the Medicaid program can be appropriately modernized so that access to and the savings derived from home-based care and services can be improved. Among the Partnership's proposed ideas are:
"By strengthening Medicaid recipients' access to high-quality, low-cost, consumer-preferred home and community-based services, we are confident that decision makers can achieve improved outcomes, increased quality of life and satisfaction, and significantly reduced program costs. As Congress thinks through the President's budget proposal, we look forward to working with lawmakers to strengthen individuals' access to high-quality, high-value home-based care."
PMHC is comprised of organizations representing home care agencies, associations, MCOs and other payers, and business affiliates who have come together to improve the quality and integrity of Medicaid funded home- and community-based services (HCBS). Recognizing the integral role of home- and community-based care in the Medicaid program, the PMHC is dedicated to advancing and supporting public policies that bring accountability to and secure the Medicaid program for care recipients and taxpayers alike.
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SOURCE Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care
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