This week, more than 30 Florida home care agency leaders – including board and staff of the Home Care Association of Florida, as well as home care agency executives and lobbyists – met with 26 members of the Florida delegation. The meeting was Part of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s march on Washington.
Among the key issues discussed:
Fixes to the Bipartisan Budget Act, regarding the pending overhaul of the Medicare payment system for home health benefits;
Passage of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, which currently has no Florida co-sponsors (last year, Nelson and Rubio co-led initiatives, including sign-on letters by the full delegation to CMS on critical industry issues; HCAF is currently garnering support for this legislation); and,
Reaffirming the value of home health care: high-quality, cost-effective health care in the patient-preferred setting – home. Every year, nearly 1,000 agencies across Florida provide services to more than 329,000 patients. The home care industry also employs more than 68,000 Floridians.