Public News Service National: Biden Administration Aims to Expand Home-Based Care for Medicaid Recipients (January 27, 2022)
Home-based care advocates say they are confident measures outlined in President Joe Biden’s now-stalled Build Back Better Act will move forward in some form. The legislation aims to expand access to services to older adults and people with disabilities, as well as boosting pay for workers who provide home-based care. Currently, more than 3.5 million people rely on Medicaid’s Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).
Amber Christ, director of health policy and advocacy for Justice in Aging, said families are forced to make tough choices. “From an older adult perspective, this lack of investment in home and community-based services in effect pushes older adult into nursing facilities unnecessarily,” Christ contended.