NAHC applauds President Obama for restrained approach to Medicare overhaul
February 13, 2013 05:34 PM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Washington, D.C. (February 13, 2013) – Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), issued the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union address:
“We are pleased and optimistic about President Obama’s remarks in his State of the Union address pertaining to reforming Medicare by shining the spotlight on what is most important- the quality of care that seniors receive. We believe home care is an answer to many of the problems facing the Medicare program. Overwhelmingly, seniors want to be at home. Caring for seniors using telehealth technology in the comfort of their own homes is the most cost effective way to reform Medicare and Medicaid by minimizing the need for hospitalization.
We were pleased that the President’s message underscored the fact that beneficiaries will not face significant cost increases through any reforms that are offered.”
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.