RNC’s 2016 Platform Prioritizes and Emphasizes the Importance of Home Care
July 20, 2016 04:19 PM
Richard D. Brennan, Vice President for Government Affairs at NAHC
Delegates to the Republican National Convention this week adopted the Republican Party’s official 2016 platform. In a section pertaining to health care, the platform emphasizes the importance of home care and calls for making home care “a priority in public policy.” The section also calls for implementing “programs to protect against elder abuse.”
“Our aging population must have access to safe and affordable care. Because most seniors desire to age at home, we will make homecare a priority in public policy and will implement programs to protect against elder abuse,” the RNC’s 2016 Platform states. The language was included in a section of Platform called, “Restoring Patient Control and Preserving Quality in Healthcare.”
Similar language was included in the RNC’s 2012 platform, which the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) applauded. “It is right for home care to be included in both platforms, not only because of the life-saving work done daily at a fraction of the cost of institutions, but because this is a non-partisan issue that will have the most immediate impact on the future of America,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.
Every four years, both the Republican Party and Democratic Party adopt platforms during their respective national conventions. In a press release announcing the platform’s adoption, the RNC stated that the platform “declares the Party's principles and policies,” and “provides a thorough look at how we will restore prosperity and security to our country.”
In addition to the language prioritizing home care, the RNC’s platform includes statements to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With regards to Medicare, it calls for no changes for persons 55 or older, but for giving “others the option of traditional Medicare or transition to a premium-support model;” guaranteeing an “income-adjusted contribution toward a plan of their choice, with catastrophic coverage”; and setting a “more realist age for eligibility in light of today’s longer life span.” The RNC’s Platform also calls for block-granting Medicaid.
Richard D. Brennan, Vice President for Government Affairs at NAHC, is in attendance at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Earlier in the election cycle, NAHC approached the Presidential candidates from both parties and invited them to share their views and their records on matters related to long-term care. NAHC has the policy to support candidates from both parties who support home care and hospice.
NAHC’s staff will also be in attendance at the Democratic National Convention taking place next week. Stay tuned for further coverage regarding the Democratic Party’s Platform.
The RNC’s full 2016 Platform is available here.