New Senate Republican Bill Offers Medicare Opportunities for ADS

                   ADS Included as a Medicare Option–

On March 11, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced S.704, which proposes to establish a Community Based Institutional Special Needs Plan (CBI-SNP) demonstration program to target home and community based care to eligible Medicare only beneficiaries. The bill was referred to the Committee on Finance, upon which both Grassley and Cardin serve.

In his press release, Senator Grassley noted that HCBS services are less expensive than institutional care and that the plans would tailor services to the beneficiaries specific needs. Most importantly, Adult Day Care Services are specifically included as one of the Medicare options in a bill sponsored by a member of the new Senate Republican majority.

Senator Grassley further stated, “One estimate shows four-year savings of nearly $60 million for a demonstration of 5,000 Medicare members by postponing or preventing hospitalization and institutionalization” [emphasis added]. Although only a limited demonstration proposal, this bill offers an opportunity for ADS to fit legislatively into Medicare as an institutional option and the Senator’s words mirror NADSA’s focus of Modernizing Medicare With ADS for Cost Avoidance!

Now is the time to contact your Senator to ask him/her to co-sponsor and support passage of S. 704 with the continued inclusion of ADS!!

 In short, this is the closest NADSA has come to legislatively fitting ADS into the tent of Medicare. We cannot allow this opportunity to pass!

Here is a link to Senator Grassley’s full statement: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-cardin-introduce-bill-help-older-americans-stay-their-homes-care-avoid;

And a link to the full text of the bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/704/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s704%22%5D%7D

Roy Afflerbach

NADSA Public Policy Advisor