Friday, August 14, 2009

President Obama Hails Homecare as “Cost-Efficient” Healthcare Solution

During a town hall meeting in late July, President Obama highlighted the role of home-based care in controlling Medicare costs and in keeping older people out of more expensive institutional care.

Discussing proposed Medicare reforms, Obama said, “It is not an exercise in just cutting reimbursement rates, in fact in some cases we may need higher reimbursement rates for certain aspects. I actually think home care ends up being cost-efficient in many cases rather than institutional care, and it helps keep people in their homes.”

The President made the remarks at a healthcare reform town hall meeting in Shaker Heights, Ohio on July 23.

The American Association for Homecare applauds the President’s recognition of homecare as a cost-effective alternative that reduces healthcare costs and allows millions of seniors to live in the comfort of their own homes. We urge Congress to recognize that homecare should be a critical component — not a casualty — of healthcare reform.

Video of the President’s remarks can be found here (at 2:15):

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