With so many different Medicare proposals being offered within competing budget packages, it can be difficult to keep all the different measures straight. In particular, there is the House Budget – also known as the Ryan Budget, the Senate Budget – also known as the Murray Budget, President Obama’s budget and the recommendation’s of the Simpson-Bowles Commission that were originally released in 2010.
While each of these budgets gives particular attention to Medicare, what exactly each document suggests with respect to the program differs. The House and Senate budgets each passed through their respective chambers almost entirely along partisan lines – with Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing the Senate budget and Republicans supporting and Democrats opposing the House budget for the most part.
To help sort through the confusion, the Kaiser Family Foundation has released an Issue Brief that offers a side-by-side comparison of the three different budget proposals as well as the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Commission.
With respect to the competing budgets, the side-by-side offers a quick-reference guide to issues that will affect the home health and hospice community. For example, the Kaiser Issue Brief highlights the different proposals with respect to Medicare cost sharing – showing what additional deductibles and copayments have been proposed in the competing budgets.
NAHC opposes any additional cuts or copayments in Medicare and believes that a copayment on home health services is a “sick tax” on beneficiaries eto access vital home health care.
To view the full Kaiser Issue Brief, please click here.