President Biden Celebrates 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Spotlights Home Care
Home care was once again in the forefront on the national stage this week. President Biden, Vice President Harris, and guest presenter Tyree Brown all spoke at a White House press conference on Monday, to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). During his remarks, President Biden highlighted the importance of home- and community-based services, noting that “this past year the entire nation saw just how vital our caregivers are and how critical home-based care truly is for many Americans.” He touched on the proposed $400 billion for HCBS in the American Rescue Plan that will help people with disabilities and older adults live more independently.
Tyree Brown described her experiences after a life-changing car accident in 2015. Tyree was moving back and forth between rehab hospitals and nursing homes until the Money Follows the Person Program intervened, and she was able to move back into her own home with her mother as her caregiver. HCAOA is on record supporting the MFP program, which enables our members to successfully help thousands of people seamlessly transition from a nursing home or institution back into their own homes.
“The Money Follows the Person Program is a home run for those utilizing this program to receive care at home, and also great for home care agencies to expand their business by providing different types of care” said HCAOA Executive Director, Vicki Hoak. “HCAOA supports this program because like the Americans with Disabilities Act, it allows for more Americans to live and participate in their own communities and age with dignity.”
To watch the full White House press conference celebrating the ADA 31 year anniversary click here.