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On July 19, the Republican led House Ways and Means Committee released a bipartisan proposal to reform Medicare. This proposal includes a $100 co-pay for home health patients. The co-pay would not apply to current beneficiaries, it would begin in 2017. The legislation also exempts LUPAs and episodes that are post-institutionalization.

The legislative proposal outlines three key policies to alter the cost-sharing of the Medicare program. Each of these proposals was included in the President’s FY 2014 budget:
  1. Reducing premium subsides for wealthier seniors in Medicare Part B and D;
  2. Increasing the annual Medicare Part B deductible; and
  3. Establishing a $100 home health co-pay for community-based referrals.
VNAA submitted multiple comments during this series of hearings highlighting the positives of the home health benefit and negatives of additional beneficiary cost-sharing. To read VNAA’s comments click here.

The draft legislative text can be found by clicking here.

VNAA is in the process of writing public comment to submit in opposition of the home health co-payment. Comments are due August 16, 2013.

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