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Health care

To the editor:

Older Americans across the country depend on the delivery of quality healthcare in their homes, which has become increasingly important, especially during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Home health providers deliver nursing, therapy and aide services to patients in the safety and security of their own homes, helping to reduce patient exposure to the novel coronavirus while also saving the Medicare program millions in avoided facility-based care.

While 3.5 million Americans currently depend on Medicare home health each year, there is an incredible opportunity to optimize the benefit for more patients who choose to recover at home following a hospitalization. By expanding home health, we can help patients transition safely home with a mix of expanded skilled nursing, therapy, personal, care, Telehealth services and more.

As we recognize National Home Care and Hospice Month this November, I encourage lawmakers to support public policies that expand the availability of high-quality care in the home. Enabling more seniors to remain safely in their homes has never been more important.

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