House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Holds Hearing on Medicare Benefit Redesign
NAHC Submits Testimony Opposing Home Health and Hospice Copays
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health recently held a hearing that looked at ways to redesign the Medicare benefit. The hearing's witnesses were: Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.Professor, Health Economics, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health; Thomas P. Miller, J.D., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and; Patricia Neuman, ScD., M.S., Senior Vice President, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
The National Association of Home Care & Hospice submitted testimony for the hearing, emphasizing the organization's commitment to preserving the Medicare benefit without placing more financial responsibility on the backs of the program's beneficiaries – particularly through the misguided idea to reintroduce the Medicare home health copayment.
Much of the hearing focused on how to redesign the Medicare benefit – with ideas ranging from combined deductibles for Medicare Parts A and B and modifications to first dollar coverage for Medigap policies; to value-based cost-sharing proposals and improved coordination of care.