Home Care Expansion: A Hot Political Topic

Seniors Overwhelmingly Desire to Age at Home.

As a provider of leading-edge home health and hospice software, HEALTHCAREfirst, Inc., would like to bring to your attention a press release published recently by NAHC in which politicians express their desire to expand home care for a growing senior population who wish to grow old gracefully from their own homes.

NAHC applauds recognition of home care in both GOP and DNC Platforms

WASHINGTON D.C. (Sept 7, 2012) – Every four years, both the GOP and DNC release the much anticipated party platform, which gives voters a guide to the party’s position on key issues. NAHC lauds both the GOP and DNC for recognizing and highlighting home care in their 2012 Platforms.

Both the modernization of Medicaid and the inclusion of home care were included in the Republican platform, which reads “Because seniors overwhelmingly desire to age at home, we will make home care a priority in public policy. We will champion the right of individual choice in senior care. We will aggressively implement programs to protect against elder abuse, and we will work to ensure that quality care is provided across the care continuum from home to nursing home to hospice.” This is only the second time that the Republican Party platform has specifically endorsed the expansion of home care. The last time was 1988 when George H.W. Bush ran and was elected over Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis.

“Governor Romney, in his Convention speech, recognized that in order to have a successful and united America, we must “care for the poor and the sick” and “honor and respect the elderly,” said Val J. Halamandaris, president of NAHC.

The Democratic Platform discussed home care through a broader and more expansive term of “home and community-based care” services which is funded through Medicaid.

In his speech at the DNC Convention last night, President Obama said “No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned,” President Obama.

“It is right for home care to be included in both platforms, not only because of the life saving work done daily at a fraction of the cost of institutions, but because this is a non-partisan issue that will have the most immediate impact on the future of America,” said Halamandaris.

Don’t forget to cast your vote in November on these very important issues for home care.