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House Approves Labor-HHS Spending Blueprint for FY2020

Tuesday, July 2, 2019   (0 Comments)
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July 2, 2019, NAHC Report 

 

Last week the House of Representatives approved legislation that provides discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, H.R. 2740 would dole out a combined $192 billion for the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education, and their related agencies.

Every year in the appropriations process specific funding levels need to be agreed to by the Congress for non-mandatory programs.

Funding for the following four programs under the Administration for Community Living are of import to home care and hospice providers:

 

  • Home and Community-based Supportive Services: $422,000,000 – This program is designed to keep seniors living independently in their homes as long as possible.
    Family Caregiver Support Services: $200,000,000 – Amongst other applications, this program provides for respite care for family caregivers.

  • Respite Care: $5,500,000 – In addition to the Family Caregiver Support Services, this program provides grants to eligible state organizations to improve respite care for family caregivers.

  • State Health Insurance Assistance
    Program: $55,000,000 – This program provides assistance to Medicare beneficiaries with navigating the Medicare program, through education, enrollment help and counseling.


In addition, the CMS Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals was appropriated $182,000,000. This funding is intended to be applied towards the elimination of the lengthy Medicare appeals backlog. The same amount was allocated last year.


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