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Key Senate Committee Considers Funding for Community-Based Services

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2019 11:36 AM

The Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this month announced legislation funding the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education. This legislation outlines discretionary spending limits allowable to HHS as well as recommendations from the Congress on how the money is allocated within agencies and programs. This is an annual occurrence that details spending levels for next upcoming fiscal year.

In this package is funding for the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to carry out the Older Americans Act, as well as the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) which is the office that handles appeals of Medicare claims denied for payments for providers. The legislation calls for allowing $182 million to be available to September 30, 2021. This consistent with recent years allocations.

For the ACL, the recommendation is for an overall allocation of $2.175 billion. Within the ACL there are four programs receiving funding of note to home health and hospice providers. They are home and community based supportive services ($385 million), national family support caregiver program ($181 million), lifespan respite care program ($6 million) and state health insurance assistance program ($49 million). 

Source: NAHC Report

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