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Council Ask Senate to Include Home Care Aides in Health Care Reform Legislation

Tuesday, October 31, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Gurgone
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In October, a Special Working Group established by the Massachusetts Senate in the fall of 2016 released a report and new legislation entitled, “An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability By Leveraging Transformative Health Care.” The goal of this legislation is to implement best practice initiatives that both control health care costs while improving health outcomes. More details, including a copy of the Working Group’s report and their draft legislation, can be found here.

Shortly following the release of this bill, the Special Senate Committee on Health Care Cost Containment and Reform held a public hearing regarding this bill. Lisa Gurgone, Executive Director of the Home Care Aide Council, provided verbal testimony at this hearing and the following summary of this testimony was highlighted in the State House News Service piece available here.  The Council's comments are also posted below:

Home care agencies in Massachusetts are already struggling to fill cases on weekends and evenings, according to Home Care Aide Council Executive Director Lisa Gurgone. Citing a "crisis" in the field, Gurgone urged lawmakers to seriously consider ways to boost home care, citing the potential to improve care, reduce costs and keep people living in their homes and out of hospitals and nursing homes. Gurgone described home care aides as the "gatekeepers of the health care system in the home," but said the demand for home care outpaces the supply of home care workers. The council is working with the state on a survey to more specifically gauge the magnitude of unmet home care needs, she said.