HCAOA Executive Director Vicki Hoak recently submitted a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal in support of a recent article about home-based care, which was published this week. The article, “Nursing Homes Face Persistent Fall in Use” (12/22/20) outlined that when Medicaid rules were created in the 1960s, ‘rest homes’ were the only option for seniors and that the government must now listen to citizens who want to stay at home as they age.
She wrote, “modernizing federal and state Medicaid rules is a must. Today Americans can bring professional caregivers into their homes. Yet in state after state, Medicaid plans still consider only nursing homes an entitlement for older and disabled Americans, while home care is funded only when a state applies for a waiver.”