Healthcare at Home in the News

Letter to the Editor |  Foolish to Cut Medicaid Providers that Save the State $100-Million Every Year

Source: Deborah R. Hoyt, President and CEO of the CT Association for Healthcare at Home
Date: July 3, 2017

The Governor’s Executive Order calls for a 5-10% reimbursement cut to non-profits as well as eliminating “add-on” payments to Medicaid home health providers serving the State’s most vulnerable in our inner cities. 

The financial impact of this action shoots Connecticut in the foot by jeopardizing the viability of the cost-effective healthcare provider network that produce a state savings of more than $100-million each year to the Department of Social Services. DSS data show home and community-based providers under the CT Home Care Program for Elders and other home-based programs saved the State $1-Billion over the past 10 years.

Any further Medicaid provider payment reductions would directly harm our home health providers, especially the VNAs, who serve residents with AIDS, high-risk maternal health issues, and the need for extended home health hours. Cuts would also eliminate the ability of VNAs to hire “community escorts” to accompany their nurses and home health workers to safely enter the buildings of Medicaid clients in inner city neighborhoods.

There is no cost-effective back-up plan to manage the care needs of Connecticut’s most vulnerable and our rapidly-aging population. If home health providers are forced to further reduce their financial losses by limiting access to Medicaid clients, thousands of at-risk residents will default to hospital emergency rooms and nursing homes to receive care – at a significantly-increased cost to CT taxpayers and the State budget.

The State Legislature must recognize that shortsighted budget cuts will have a negative and costly long-term impact on Connecticut.

See Below for Additional News Coverage of the CT Association for Healthcare at Home

A. Press Items 2017

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Cuts To Home Health Nursing to Destabilize PDF (97.88 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Dan Haar Hospital Group Aims To Change Minds PDF (113.71 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Hartford Operations Must Pay About 5.25M To Settle PDF (104.51 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Physicians Thoughts on CT End of Life Care PDF (99.33 KB) Administration 7/7/2017

B. Press Items 2016

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Study Shift To Home Care Could Save CT 657M PDF (85.3 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Most Home Health Care Agencies Providing Avera PDF (211.8 KB) Administration 7/7/2017

C. Press Items 2015

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
People Behind Budget Cuts Make Their Pitch PDF (333.23 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Home Cares Smart Way To Deal With Aging Population PDF (106.15 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Hartford Courant Opinion Malloy Mental Health PDF (79.04 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
CTs Healthcare Industry Preps For 247k Seniors PDF (185.94 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Budget Cuts To Mental Health Moves Those Most PDF (92.73 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
Medicaid Cuts in Malloy Budget PDF (411.81 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Home Care Spending Saves State Millions PDF (176.37 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Malloy Mental Health Cuts Crippling PDF (174.56 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Flublok Press Release PDF (290.53 KB) Administration 5/8/2015

D. Press Items 2014

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Gaming Hospice System Not Here PDF (103.45 KB) Administration 7/7/2017
New Web Site Release PDF (487.18 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
CT Healthcare at Home - New Board PDF (402.38 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Reduced access for home health forecast in CT PDF (824.53 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Annual Meeting Expo Announcement PDF (510.71 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Florence Wald Conference PDF (743.8 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Response to Hospice Article PDF (612.25 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
New Hires Release PDF (481.65 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Joe Courtney Release PDF (481.09 KB) Administration 5/8/2015
Regional Hospice - Esty PDF (427.6 KB) Administration 5/8/2015

E. Press Items 2013

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Lawmakers push to expand telemedicine coverage PDF (59.83 KB) Administration 5/11/2015
NAHC Report Article on Brand Launch PDF (230.89 KB) Administration 5/11/2015
Association Annual Meeting Press Release PDF (641.71 KB) Administration 5/11/2015
Home Health Aides in Demand PDF (124.05 KB) Administration 5/11/2015
CT Health Care Costs Remain Stable PDF (173.69 KB) Administration 5/11/2015