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Impact of Home Health Co‐payments: Facts and Figures

Numerous proposals have been made as part of deficit reduction discussions to institute co‐payments for Medicare beneficiaries who receive Medicare‐covered home care.  President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 proposed budget includes a provision that would charge a $100 co‐payment for new home health users per episode of care (starting in 2017).  This co‐payment would apply for episodes with five or more visits not preceded by a hospital or inpatient post‐acute stay.