Home Health & Hospice

According to the HELP Committee, what would Senator Tom Harkin's proposed legislation, the Community Integration Act, do for Americans living with disabilities?

Homecare Insider, June 30, 2014

According to a news release from the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), for which Harkin is Chairman, the proposed legislation would:

  • Eliminate the nursing home bias in Medicaid by clearly allowing the provision of similar care or services in home- and community-based settings.
  • Prohibit states from making anyone ineligible for home- and community-based services due to a particular disability.
  • Require states that have found an individual to be eligible for nursing or institutional care to similarly find those same individuals to be eligible for care in home and community-based settings.
  • Set clear requirements for states regarding the provision of services in home- and community-based settings.
  • Require annual reporting by states about the number of individuals with disabilities in institutional settings and the number that have been transitioned to home- and community-based settings.