Dingell, Smith Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand In-Home Care
Washington, April 26, 2023
Tags: Health Care
Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize Medicare reimbursement and increase patient access for home-based health services. The Expanding Care in the Home Act would remove barriers currently limiting patient access to care in the home, which is often the preferred site of care for patients, caregivers, and providers, and ensure home-based care is a viable option for patient care and scalable for providers.
“We know people often prefer to receive care in the comfort and security of their own homes, and the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of expanding access to health care beyond traditional doctor’s office or hospital settings,” said Rep. Dingell. “I’m proud to introduce this legislation which will help remove barriers to care and increase options for patients to receive critical care in the setting of their choice.”
“As we identify opportunities to modernize the care seniors can access, we must consider the convenience and comfort home care offers them,” said Rep. Smith. “The Expanding Care in the Home Act is a commonsense measure to ensure Medicare can process claims for in-home care services, and I’m proud to lead introduction of this important bill.”
Specifically, the Expanding Care in the Home Act would:
View the full text of the legislation here.
Dingell has long been a leader in Congress on expanding access to long-term care services. She previously introduced the Better Care Better Jobs Act and HCBS Access Act with Senator Casey to enhance Medicaid funding for home care, strengthen the caregiving workforce, improve quality of life for families, and boost the economy by creating good paying jobs to make it possible for families and workers alike to thrive.