New Jersey legislators are taking an active role in helping to improve health care access and support to residents throughout the state. Recently, legislators moved a bill forward that would help connect privately owned home care agencies to government operated agencies that cannot adequately meet the needs of their community.
Recently, a government-partnered agency ran into the problem of not being able to provide adequate support because of a shortage of nurses. As a result, it was determined that a nongovernmental agency would be able to step in and help fill in the gap, so to speak, to ensure that residents had the level of care and support they needed, when it was needed most.
In the Press of Atlantic City news blog, Home health care, firefighter cancer registry and more: Health legislation, written by Staff Writer Nicole Leonard it was noted:
“Last week, a bill that would allow governmental home health care agencies, or homes operated by the counties or municipalities, to partner with non-governmental or private providers to deliver adequate health care services was voted through the Senate.
“When a governmental home health care agency cannot meet the demand to provide adequate health care services, they should be able to partner with a nursing service in order for more people to have the proper care they need at home,” Sen. Van Drew, D-Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, said in a statement.”
Supporters of the bill believe it is a necessary component to improve access to quality home care for residents, especially in underserved regions throughout the state. The difference between a nongovernmental and governmental agency involves how patients are assigned to various support services.
As those within the industry understand, home care can provide a wide range of important services, including basic support like mobility, bathing or toileting, and running a few errands as well as direct medical support, such as provided by visiting nurses.
While this legislation has yet to move completely through passage and would then need to be signed by the Governor, it’s a clear indication of some limitations private home care agencies face compared to those that are partnered with the government.
Not only would this type of legislation expand options for some private agencies, it may also help alleviate various challenges residents face when seeking adequate care and support where there are limits with regard to providers.
New Jersey legislators have also undertaken other bill proposals that may have some indirect impact on home care in the coming years.