Over the last few months, there has been a flurry of legislative activity surrounding home care. From newly introduced bills to Executive Orders to proposed rules from CMS, the attention of federal legislators and regulators is slowly shifting to the needs of our rapidly expanding older adult population.
Currently, HCAOA’s Policy Committee is carefully reviewing the new bills and proposals below and crafting comments, as appropriate. HCAOA has listed a brief synopsis of the new bills and initiatives that the association is reviewing below to keep members apprised.
Better Care Better Jobs Act (S.100)– This Act is Designed to make a historic investment in home and community-based services older adults and people with disabilities by strengthening and expanding access to quality home care services.
HCBS Access Act (S.762) – This bill is designed to bolster the Better Care Better Jobs Act.
Supporting Our Direct Care Workforce and Family Caregivers Act (S.1298) – This bill strengthens the HCBS Access Act and increases funding and training for direct care workers and family caregivers.
Executive Order – The Biden-Harris Administration announced a comprehensive set of executive actions to improve care for families and support care workers and family caregivers on April 18, 2023. Actions include:
CMS’s newly proposed rules are designed to address access to and quality of care across Medicaid programs. The proposed rules were introduced on April 27, 2023. Read more about the rules and a summary here.
HCAOA will continue to monitor these issues.