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This spring, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Independence at Home Act (IAH) of 2017, which would ensure chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries – especially those with advanced illness – receive high-quality, home-based medical care. The current Independence at Home demonstration expires on September 30, 2017 and lawmakers are considering the program’s reauthorization and expansion. C-TAC meets with legislators regularly and supports efforts to make the Independence at Home program permanent.
House and Senate committees of jurisdiction will consider IAH for reauthorization as early as this week. This is good news for a program that has demonstrated tremendous success in providing person-centered primary care in the home to chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries.
The current Independence at Home demonstration requires primary care providers to provide 24-hour care in the home and to meet specific quality measures, including advance care planning. If made permanent, the program is expected to increase the efficiency of care delivery through Medicare. In its first two years of implementation, Independence at Home saved Medicare and participating care providers over $32 million.
C-TAC continues to rally support for Congressional action to reauthorize and expand Independence at Home ahead of its expiration. We urge our supporters in Congress to co-sponsor IAH and we will fight vigorously for its passage. We encourage you to take action as well!
For more information about C-TAC policy and advocacy activities, please contact Andrew MacPherson at AMacPherson@thectac.org or C-TAC’s Communications and Policy Coordinator Ziya Smallens at ZSmallens@TheCTAC.org.