NAHC Urges Congress to Support Legislation to Move People to HCBS

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a coalition of like-minded organizations in calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act (“Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care Act”) (S. 2227/H.R. 5306), which would extend and improve the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing demonstration program.…

House Approves Key Bill to Extend Money Follows the Person, Spousal Impoverishment Protection

On Tuesday, December 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation reauthorizing two Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) programs and established a new Medicaid program designed to move pediatric patients with medically complex conditions from institutional settings into community settings. Titled the Improving Medicaid Programs and Opportunities for Eligible Beneficiaries (IMPROVE) Act (H.R.…

Bipartisan Bill to Protect Seniors Who Receive Long-Term Home Care Introduced in Congress

Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Fred Upton (R-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to financially protect seniors who receive long-term care in their homes or in a community setting. The primary payer for long-term care, services, and supports is Medicaid, but in order to maintain eligibility, beneficiaries with a family member needing long-term care may be forced…

Home and Community-Based Services Webinar Series on Promising State Approaches to Implementing Federal Criteria

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) have partnered with other national organizations to host a technical assistance webinar series highlighting innovative strategies and approaches states are taking to effectively implement the federal settings criteria for home and community-based services (HCBS). The webinar series is intended to help…

GAO: State Medicaid Home-and-Community-Based Services Face Funding and Workforce Challenges

States struggle to provide home-and-community-based services through their Medicaid programs due to workforce issues related to low pay, the complex needs of many patients, and limited funds from state governments, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). All state Medicaid programs provide some financial support for long-term services and supports (LTSS)…

Improvements Needed in VA Long-Term Care, Congress Told

On Monday, July 30th, the Health Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee held a field hearing, VA Long-term Care: What’s Working, What’s Not, and How to Best Serve Our Aging Veteran, in Camarillo, California. Led by Committee Chairman Neal Dunn (R-FL) and Ranking Member Julia Brownley (D-CA), the hearing focused on the…

Home and Community-Based Services Dominates Growth in Medicaid LTSS Spending

Spending on home and community-based services continued to account for the vast majority of all Medicaid long-term services and supports spending in Fiscal Year 2016, announced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Home and community-based services (HCBS) increased by 10 percent in FY 2016, easily outstripping the annual…

Money Follows the Person Demonstration Gets a Boost in House of Representatives

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration, a program that allows elderly and disabled patients to move from institutional care to home-and-community-based services (HCBS), got a shot in the arm on Friday, March 16, with the introduction of the EMPOWER and Care Act, which would reauthorize and expand the MFP Demonstration. The Money Follows the…

NAHC Urges Administration for Community Living to Support Technical Assistance on HCBS Settings Rule

Late in February, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and a group of like-minded organizations wrote a letter to the Administration for Community Living, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, supporting the important technical assistance and guidance they have been providing on implementation of the HCBS Settings Rule,…