VNAA Submits Comments on House Medicare Reform Legislation with $100 Home Health Co-pay
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy




VNAA strongly opposed a House Ways and Means Committee proposal to implement a $100 home health co-payment requirement. In July, the Republican led House Ways and Means Committee proposed several Medicare reforms, including a $100 co-payment for home health patients. The proposed co-payment would not apply to current beneficiaries and would be implemented in 2017. The proposal would also exempt Low-Utilization Payment Adjustments (LUPAs) and episodes that are post-institutionalization.

Click here to review VNAA’s comments.

VNAA strongly encourages members to submit comments on this proposed legislation and to cite specific examples of compromised access for vulnerable populations. Comments are due Friday, August 16, 2013 and can be submitted via email to entitlementreform@mail.house.gov.

The legislative proposal outlines three key policies to alter the cost-sharing of the Medicare program. Each of these proposals was included in the President’s FY 2014 budget:

  1. Reducing premium subsides for wealthier seniors in Medicare Part B and D;
  2. Increasing the annual Medicare Part B deductible; and
  3. Establishing a $100 home health co-pay for community-based referrals.
VNAA submitted multiple comments during this series of hearings highlighting the positives of the home health benefit and negatives of additional beneficiary cost-sharing. To read VNAA’s comments click here.

The draft legislative text can be found by clicking here.
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