In the July edition of HCA’s Capitol Report newsletter for the New York State Legislature and state officials, we report on the recent July legislative session, including some actions to mitigate prior-instituted limits on home care eligibility and access.
HCA is urging the Legislature to further revisit these and other faulty Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) changes instituted in the state budget earlier this year.
Indeed, more work needs to be done at a time when the public increasingly looks to home care as a safe and preferred option for long term care — especially in the context of a global pandemic where home care is naturally suited to provide supports in distanced community settings.
We also report on the discrepancy between state regulations and newly expanded federal permissions for non-physician practitioners to order home health services, putting New York home care providers in limbo.
Plus, read some news reports from the New York Times, the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin and the Times Union illustrating the importance of home care as an alternative to congregate settings in the pandemic and the work of home care agencies in staying connected with their workforce.
We close with some highlights about our home care heroes campaign.