The Republicans and Democrats both talk about the need to strengthen the U.S. home care system in their 2012 campaign platforms.
Val Halamandaris, the president of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NACH), Washington, is welcoming the platform references to home care.
“This is a non-partisan issue,” Halamandaris says in a statement.
The Democrats refer to home care in a section on helping Americans with disabilities.
Part of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) calls for “expanding access to Medicaid, and helping Medicaid to support home-community-based services to keep people in their communities,”
State Medicaid programs, which are funded by both the states and the federal government, provide home care, NAHC officials say.
The Republicans included a more extensive discussion of home care issues and other long-term care (LTC) issues in their platform.
“Medicaid, as the dominant payer in the health market in regards to long-term care, births, and individuals with mental illness, is the next frontier of welfare reform,” the Republicans say.