Linda Sánchez Fights for More Care Choices for Seniors

Legislation gives families option to choose adult day care under Medicare

 Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) introduced the “Medicare Adult Day Care Services Act of 2013” (H.R. 3334) which would provide more cost-effective, skilled care options for seniors, people with disabilities, and families in the Medicare program.

H.R. 3334 would allow patients who qualify for home health services or nursing home care under the Medicare program to choose the option of adult day care services instead.

By paying adult day care providers 98% of the home health rate, the “Medicare Adult Day Care Services Act of 2013” could also yield savings to Medicare.

“We owe it our seniors to provide them with quality health care, and they deserve to have the full range of care choices,” said Congresswoman Sánchez.    “Adult day care is an important option for seniors who need rehabilitative care or help with daily life tasks, but don’t need around-the-clock care.  This legislation provides a cost-effective Medicare choice by paying adult day care providers 98% of the home health rate.  This bill also provides crucial relief to family caregivers, who often struggle to balance work and caring for their loved ones fulltime.”

In addition to increasing choices for seniors and people with disabilities, the bill would provide a vital service to family caregivers.  While taking care of their loved ones, these caregivers lose an average of $659,139 in wages, pension benefits, and Social Security benefits over a lifetime, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance.  By providing this adult care choice to Medicare beneficiaries, H.R. 3334 helps protect a family’s economic well-being, without adding to the cost of Medicare.

Congresswoman Sánchez has introduced Medicare Adult Day Care legislation in every session of Congress since the 111th Congress.  The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) supports H.R. 3334 and encourages support for the Bill.  Please contact your members of Congress to request their support if they are not listed below.  Thank those who are already cosponsors.

COSPONSORS(22), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)

Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 10/23/2013 Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] – 10/23/2013 Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] – 10/23/2013 Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] – 10/23/2013 Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-9] – 10/23/2013 Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] – 10/23/2013 Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] – 10/23/2013 Rep Frankel, Lois [FL-22] – 10/23/2013 Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] – 10/23/2013 Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] – 10/23/2013 Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] – 10/23/2013 Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] – 10/23/2013 Rep Lowenthal, Alan S. [CA-47] – 10/23/2013 Rep Lujan Grisham, Michelle [NM-1] – 10/23/2013 Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] – 10/23/2013 Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-32] – 10/23/2013 Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 10/23/2013 Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] – 10/23/2013 Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-40] – 10/23/2013 Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] – 10/23/2013 Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] – 10/23/2013 Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-43] – 10/23/2013