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Home health care is especially important in the rural mountain communities, and the Affordable Health Care Act has already resulted in cuts to those services. People with health problems and disabilities, especially the elderly, often have no transportation to their health care providers. Many depend upon home health care workers to shop for their groceries and help them with light housework. Cuts to these services can severely impact their lives.

On January 1, 2014, ObamaCare cut nearly $22 billion from Medicare home health care over four years. That means an estimated 3.5 million poor and ill homebound senior citizens woke up on New Year's Day to discover that Obama Care had slashed funding for their home health care program. (http://amac.us/cms-medicare-home-healthcare)

In 2013 Medicare home health services were delivered to about 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries. According to the federal government's own data, these seniors are older, poorer and sicker than the Medicare beneficiary population as whole. Many of these seniors also reside in rural communities, where home health care is especially important because other sources of treatment are often located many miles away.

According to the Obama Administration's statistics, "approximately 40 percent" of all providers of home health services face net losses due to this Medicare cut. This means that 4 out of 10 providers on whom homebound seniors depend face the threat of bankruptcy and closure. In other words, 5,000 home health care companies and 500,000 jobs will be wiped out in order to pay for ObamaCare.

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) recently voiced its concern about President Obama’s 2013 budget, which includes Medicare and Medicaid cuts as well as home health copayments. HEALTHCAREfirst joins with NAHC in its opposition of copays for home health, as this will likely create barriers for those in need of home care. . . .

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) recently voiced its concern about President Obama’s 2013 budget, which includes Medicare and Medicaid cuts as well as home health copayments. HEALTHCAREfirst joins with NAHC in its opposition of copays for home health, as this will likely create barriers for those in need of home care.

http://blog.healthcarefirst.com/health-care-industry-news/bid/82752/Home-Health-Co-Pays-and-Medicare-Cuts-Obama-s-Proposed-Plan

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