Description: This bill increases the cap on how much the VA can pay for the cost of home care from 65% of the cost of nursing home care to 100%. The bill also:
Expands access to home and community-based services for veterans living in US territories and to Native veterans enrolled in IHS or tribal health programs
Coordinates expanded VA home care programs with other VA programs, like the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, and other federal programs, like Medicare’s PACE program
Reviews existing service gaps in geriatric and extended care at the VA
Establishes a pilot project to address home health aide shortages
Provides respite care to caregivers of veterans enrolled in home care programs
Establishes a “one stop shop” webpage to centralize information for families and veterans on programs available
Requires the VA to provide a coordinated handoff for veterans and caregivers denied or discharged from the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers into any other home care program they may be eligible for
Description: This bill provides for coverage of home-based extended care services under Medicare. Specifically, the bill provides for coverage of services that are furnished to Medicare beneficiaries in their homes by home health agencies, including nursing care, meals and nutritional support, home medical supplies, nonemergency medical transportation, and care coordination.
Coverage includes 30 days of post-hospital care and other periods of extended illness, as determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Home health agencies that provide such services may receive additional payments in accordance with a specified methodology.
The CMS may make payments for covered services furnished before 2022 during any period in which there is a public health emergency.
Description: This bill allows an eligible caregiver a tax credit of up to $5,000 for 30% of the cost of long-term care expenses that exceed $2,000 in a taxable year. The bill defines eligible caregiver as an individual who has earned income for the taxable year in excess of $7,500 and pays or incurs expenses for providing care to a spouse or other dependent relative with long-term care needs.