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Bills Introduced To Increase Senior In-Home Care

According to a press release, a group of bipartisan lawmakers, Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), and Brett Guthrie (R-KY), introduced two health bills this week to extend programs that will drive seniors more in the direction of receiving home-based care, versus moving into nursing homes.

"Dingell and Guthrie introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources (EMPOWER) and Care Act, which will help certain Medicaid beneficiaries receive long-term care in their homes or communities if they voluntarily choose this setting. The bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act reauthorizes the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program for five years. This program allows certain Medicaid users, such as seniors and individuals with disabilities, to transition from a nursing home or institutional care back to their home. Since the MFP program was created over a decade ago, it has successfully helped over 88,000 individuals receive care in their own homes. The MFP program does not require people to leave institutional care; rather, it allows individuals who choose to go home to do so.

Additionally, Dingell and Upton introduced bipartisan legislation to extend financial protections to seniors who receive long-term care in their home or a community setting. In an effort to erase the institutional bias that has led seniors to choose more costly nursing homes over impoverishment, the bipartisan Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act permanently extends spousal impoverishment protections for Medicaid beneficiaries receiving long-term care in a home or community care setting."

“The long-term care system in this country is broken. Seniors, families, and caregivers are often desperate, stressed, and don’t know where to turn,” Dingell said. “The Money Follows the Person program and spousal impoverishment protections have shown they can create better outcomes for people receiving long-term care in the home or in the community.”

Read more in the press release.