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,…