According to some polls, health care continues to be the number one concern among many Americans, especially seniors. Medicare and Medicaid is a hot button topic and even though immigration, gun safety, international affairs, and other topics gain a lot of press and media attention, it is still the future of healthcare in America, and that includes home care support services.
A key issue in many battleground states has become the expansion or contraction of Medicaid. As health care encapsulates fully 1/6th of the U.S. economy, it is a major concern. While some politicians believe Medicaid should not be expanded at the federal level, but perhaps at the state level, others believe it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure as many Americans as possible have proper care for their health and well-being, which does include home care.
As noted by Boston 25 News in the article, Medicaid expansion becomes key issue in GOP-leaning states, written by Associated Press journalists Grant Shulte and Geoff Mulvihill:
“Expansion advocates launched a petition drive in Utah after continued resistance from the Republican-dominated Legislature. Utah lawmakers did expand coverage to about 6,000 of the state’s neediest residents last year and approved another expansion measure with work requirements, but the federal government hasn’t yet accepted that plan. Expansion advocates say it still leaves tens of thousands of people without insurance.
Other states have seen Medicaid expansion become a top issue in their governor’s race, with Democratic candidates forcing Republicans to defend their opposition.”
While this political topic is a sharp divide between Republicans and Democrats, with accusations flying back and forth, the fact remains that in order for the Affordable Care Act of 2010, more commonly referred to as Obama care, to have been affordable, a 14 percent cut in Medicaid reimbursements for home care was instituted and rolled out over the course of four years, being fully completed in 2017.
That has directly led to some agencies and other caregivers no longer being able to provide these services to elderly and disabled clients in need. In most cases eligible individuals saw the number of hours they could get help cut while others were simply unable to find any care at all.
Medicaid expansion battles are a major issue for a growing number of Americans and there is a stark difference in how each political party is addressing the situation. Regardless of which political party gains control of the House and Senate come November, it’s important for people remember that home health care is becoming just as crucial a component of overall health care for millions of Americans as are hospitals and clinics.