About Bring the Vote Home


Bring the Vote Home was launched to help senior citizens, disabled Americans, their family members, and their home healthcare clinicians participate in elections this past November and into the future. Home healthcare beneficiaries make up a rapidly growing portion of the population, but the homebound status of many of them makes it difficult for them to participate in the electoral process. Bring the Vote Home is dedicated to helping all members of the home healthcare community participate fully in our nation's democratic process.

What Your Leaders Are Saying

Elected leaders across the country are taking a stand on issues that are important to our community of care. Concerned by proposals that impose a copayment for seniors or contain misguided cuts to the Medicare program, Congressional leaders are expressing support for the value home healthcare services provide the nation's seniors who prefer to receive medical treatments at home.

Recent Stories


Letter: Support home health services

August 3, 2014


In Parkersburg News & Sentinel Medicare cuts in Washington aren’t just policies on paper, they affect real people and have potentially serious consequences. This is the case in West Virginia and throughout the nation, where seniors and healthcare professionals are bearing the brunt of a drastic cut to the Medicare home health benefit.Starting in January […]

In Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Medicare cuts in Washington aren’t just policies on paper, they affect real people and have potentially serious consequences.

This is the case in West Virginia and throughout the nation, where seniors and healthcare professionals are bearing the brunt of a drastic cut to the Medicare home health benefit.Starting in January of this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid implemented an unprecedented cut of 14 percent to Medicare home health funding over the next four years, jeopardizing seniors’ access to clinically advanced, cost-effective home healthcare.

Here in West Virginia, this cut puts 392,000 Medicare patients at risk of losing access to their preferred home healthcare, potentially forcing many to seek alternative medical care in costly institutional settings, or worse, forego necessary treatment.To remedy this harmful cut, lawmakers in Washington have stepped up to the plate and introduced the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act. This legislation would repeal the arbitrary cuts and replace them with responsible reforms that achieve savings by reducing avoidable spending and providing improved, coordinated care to patients.

The SAVE Medicare Home Health Act also incentivizes home health agencies to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital, potentially generating significant savings for the Medicare program.I commend the lawmakers in Washington for protecting home health for our nation’s most vulnerable seniors and wish to recognize Congressman David McKinley for sponsoring the bill and Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito for signing on in support. Our lawmakers support of this valuable piece of legislation will help to ensure that Washington’s policies are written with seniors in mind.

Laura Friend
Middlebourne, W.Va.
Laura Friend is Executive Director of the West Virginia Council of Home Care Agencies.

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Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies commends Tom Price on Legislation

July 30, 2014


In The Marietta Daily Journal The Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies Inc. on Monday thanked U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) for introducing new Medicare legislation that would replace across-the-board Medicare cuts with targeted reform that will improve the quality of home health care services. The Securing Access Via Excellence Medicare Home Health Act, or HR […]

In The Marietta Daily Journal

The Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies Inc. on Monday thanked U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) for introducing new Medicare legislation that would replace across-the-board Medicare cuts with targeted reform that will improve the quality of home health care services.

The Securing Access Via Excellence Medicare Home Health Act, or HR 5110, offers an alternative to the 14-percent, four-year cuts instituted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Jan. 1. The SAVE Medicare Home Health Act would repeal the cuts, which CMS has projected will force approximately 40-percent of all home health providers to suffer net losses. In their place, the SAVE Medicare Home Health Act utilizes hospital readmission reform to achieve savings by improving care for Medicare beneficiaries and reducing avoidable spending.

In Georgia, data predicts nearly a fourth of the state’s home health agencies will be operating in the red by 2017 due to the Medicare cuts, putting home health at risk for 19,300 seniors and jobs at risk for 4,700 home health professionals.

“We applaud Congressman Price for taking this very important step to securing seniors’ access to the high-quality, cost-reducing home healthcare they prefer,” said Judy Adams, executive director of the Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies Inc. “By repealing the Medicare cut beginning Jan. 1, 2015, this legislation will protect access to the quality, skilled home health care on which more than 85,000 seniors across Georgia depend.”

The legislation will incentivize home healthcare agencies to deliver high-quality care to beneficiaries and reduce hospital readmission rates, which represents a positive and proven approach to achieving savings without disrupting patient care. In this manner, the bill would enable Georgia seniors to remain in their homes, rather than return to institutional settings, and would achieve significant savings for the Medicare program.

The GAHHA is the voice of Georgia’s home care providers and represents Medicare certified and licensed agencies that provide in-home health care and supportive services to Georgia residents.

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Letter: Medicare cuts will affect people

July 30, 2014


by Linda Hespe, Inforum Medicare cuts in Washington aren’t just policies on paper, they affect real people and have potentially serious consequences. This is certainly the case with home health care today with seniors and health care professionals bearing the brunt of a drastic cut to the Medicare home health benefit. Starting in January of […]

by Linda Hespe, Inforum

Medicare cuts in Washington aren’t just policies on paper, they affect real people and have potentially serious consequences. This is certainly the case with home health care today with seniors and health care professionals bearing the brunt of a drastic cut to the Medicare home health benefit.

Starting in January of this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid implemented an unprecedented cut of 14 percent to Medicare home health funding over the next four years, jeopardizing seniors’ access to clinically advanced, cost-effective home health care.

Across the county, this cut puts millions of Medicare patients at risk of losing access to their preferred home health care, potentially forcing many to seek alternative medical care in costly institutional settings, or worse, forgo necessary treatment.

To remedy this harmful cut, lawmakers in Washington have stepped up to the plate and introduced the Securing Access Via Excellence Medicare Home Health Act. This legislation would repeal the arbitrary cuts and replace them with responsible reforms that achieve savings by reducing avoidable spending and providing improved, coordinated care to patients.

The SAVE Medicare Home Health Act also incentives home health agencies to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital, potentially generating significant savings for the Medicare program.

I commend the lawmakers in Washington for protecting home health for our nation’s most vulnerable seniors and strongly urge our state’s lawmakers to co-sponsor this valuable piece of legislation to ensure that Washington’s policies are written with seniors in mind.

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McKinley pushes bill to avert cuts

July 28, 2014


In the Weirton Daily Times Rep. David McKinley is one of 16 House Republicans signing on to co-sponsor a bill that would reverse cuts in Medicare payments to home health care providers announced last year by the Obama administration. In November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced plans to reduce payments to in-home care […]

In the Weirton Daily Times

Rep. David McKinley is one of 16 House Republicans signing on to co-sponsor a bill that would reverse cuts in Medicare payments to home health care providers announced last year by the Obama administration.

In November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced plans to reduce payments to in-home care providers by up to 14 percent over four years, beginning this year, the maximum amount allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

But McKinley, R-Wheeling, believes the cuts will disproportionately affect seniors in West Virginia, a rural state where 17.3 percent of the population is 65 and older, compared to the national average of 14.1 percent.

“Our seniors have come to depend on quality home health care to allow them to recover at home,” McKinley said. “Like people in rural areas across the country, West Virginians face many challenges in accessing quality and affordable health care and the president’s reduction in funding would make it harder.”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ own figures predict that the cuts will cause 40 percent of home health care providers nationwide to operate at a net loss, according to the bill’s original sponsor, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.

In 2012, home health care services cost Medicare about $18.2 billion. But the cost of providing such care in a nursing home setting is much greater, according to a recent report from Genworth Financial.

The median annual cost for 44 hours of home health care service per week in West Virginia is $36,608, compared to $92,528 for a semi-private room in a nursing home, according to the report. The disparity in Ohio is smaller but still significant: $43,472 yearly for a home health aide, compared to $75,942 for a nursing home.

The Republicans’ bill, known as the SAVE Medicare Home Health Act of 2014, would reverse the reductions in payments and establish an incentive-based program that would provide the highest level of payments to the best performing providers while reducing payments to those that fail to meet certain standards for quality.

No Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors.

“Home health care provides comfort, familiarity and normalcy for the patients and their families,” McKinley said. “This is a commonsense bill that will give West Virginia seniors certainty that they will be able to continue to receive the care on which they depend.”
The bill has been referred to two House committees, Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce.

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