Providers Lobby for Home Care Proposal

Private duty and home health care providers have weighed in on a recent proposal to include non-skilled in-home supports in Medicare Advantage plans in 2019, with some providers calling it a “precursor” to expanding home care services to all Medicare patients. The proposal, which was announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Feb. 1, would potentially add private duty home care as a supplemental benefit to these plans. Industry stakeholders had a chance to weigh in on the proposal during on open comment period that closed March 5. More than 1,200 comments were submitted in response to the overall Medicare Advantage proposal, but not all have been posted online and not

10 Most Affordable States for Seniors

Oklahoma has been deemed the most affordable state in the nation for seniors, in a new ranking that looked at both the costs and accessibility of care and services. The Sooner State ranked third overall for the average cost of senior care in the list from Caring.com, a web platform that connects consumers with senior housing and care providers. To calculate the affordability score, the researchers used internal Caring.com data as well as the 2017 Cost of Care report from insurer Genworth. Oklahoma’s median annual cost for an in-home care aide clocked in at about $48,000. That’s slightly less than the national median of $49,188, as per the Genworth data. At $36,390, the annual media cost for

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