One of the core considerations of the Center for Medicare Advocacy’s Medicare Platform is to reduce ongoing barriers to care. Home health is one area in particular where the Center has seen a disturbing increase in access issues. Advocates, policy-makers and CMS must all work to ensure access to home health coverage and care is actually available for all beneficiaries who meet coverage criteria, ensure access to legally authorized home health aides, and resolve conflicts between payment models and coverage laws.
As part of our efforts, the Center continues to develop educational resources, including our latest Medicare Home Health Coverage Fact Sheet. This one-pager explains coverage that should be available under Medicare law, problems accessing that coverage, and possible solutions.