Former CBO Director Urges an End to Home Health Cuts Contained in the ACA
Says Medicare needs more, not less, coordination of care and home health care
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from 2003 - 2005, recently published an op/ed in The Hill newspaper calling for an end to the home health cuts that were enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In his article, Dr. Holtz-Eakin states that:
“For decades, skilled home health care has been a key part of the Medicare program because it enables seniors to receive high-quality, coordinated health care in the lowest cost setting available – their own home. Home health has made it possible for seniors to avoid lengthy and expensive hospital stays or institutional care. Just as important, home health is one of the few places where chronically ill seniors can receive coordinated care — and Medicare needs more, not less, care coordination.