Sam Johnson Introduces Homecare for Seniors Act

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Washington, September 17, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, introduced the Homecare for Seniors Act (HSA) (H.R. 6813) last week.  This bill would allow senior citizens and their families to use Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) to pay for home care services.

 

“Folks want to age with dignity, and for many seniors that means staying at their home as long as possible,” said Johnson.  “While some families and loved ones are able to provide unpaid home care for their aging relatives, this is not an option for everyone – and it may not be an option indefinitely.” 

 

“There are many benefits to paid home care services, including proper nutrition, medication reminders, and transportation to doctor visits. It also allows respite care for family caregivers who tend to their loved ones, and it offers an assessment by outside experts to determine how much home care is needed. In addition, home care services reduce the number of hospital visits as well as delay premature entry into assisted living facilities.”

 

“The case for home care is clear, which I why I want to make it a more accessible option for American families.  My bill would make it easier for those with HSAs to do so.  Americans want, need, and deserve to age with dignity and respect.” 

 

H.R. 6813 is supported by the following groups:

  • Caregiver Action Network
  • Home Instead
  • National Association of Home Care and Hospice
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
  • The Jewish Federations of North America
  • Jewish Family and Career Services
  • National Alliance of Caregiving
  • Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  • National Adult Day Services Association
  • Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness
  • Caregiver Voices United
  • Alliance for Senior Health Care Financing
  • Family Caregiver Alliance
  • PHI
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
  • Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

 

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