Congress will return to Capitol Hill after Election Day to focus on controlling costs for programs such as Medicare. I believe legislators must support cost-effective home health care, which can control Medicare costs by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and helping senior citizens to live independently.
Our state already has almost a million Medicare recipients and our 65-and-over population will increase 136 percent between 2000 and 2030. Yet Congress could impose additional Medicare reimbursement cuts on home health services, limiting access to care and the opportunity for greater efficiency.
The home health community believes it can also help address the nation’s fiscal challenges by proposing legislation to strengthen Medicare’s integrity and reduce costly fraud and abuse. As a home health professional, I hope Sen. Maria Cantwell will support reimbursements for Medicare home health services and will vote to strengthen Medicare integrity.