Federal spending on services that help older people and people with serious disabilities stay in their homes could hold steady in fiscal year 2013.
The Obama administration has unveiled a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) budget proposal that calls for overall spending on Medicaid benefits, including nursing home benefits, to increase 12% in fiscal year 2013, to about $268 billion.
Spending on the HHS Administration on Aging – the agency that handles matters such as supporting caregivers, getting meals to homebound seniors, and providing information on support services – would be a little over $2 billion, up just $7 million from the total for the current fiscal year.
Fiscal year 2013 starts Oct. 1.
This year, the Administration on Aging is spending $367 million on home and community-based support services and $154 million on family caregiver services; those funding levels would stay the same in 2013.