On behalf of our 1.1 million members, AMAC sent a letter to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Marilyn Tavenner, to express our deep concern for the beneficiaries and providers of Medicare home healthcare services. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, $22 billion will be cut from Medicare home healthcare over the next four years – affecting 3.5 million beneficiaries. Recipients of Medicare home healthcare are typically sicker and poorer than the average Medicare beneficiary, making this cut particularly disconcerting. This cut not only affects consumers of Medicare home healthcare, but it negatively impacts the small businesses that provide these services. According to CMS’s own statistic, 40% of these companies will be operating at a loss as a result of this cut by 2017 – meaning that 5,000 businesses could be put out of business and 500,000 jobs could be wiped out in order to fund ObamaCare. AMAC members continue to overwhelming oppose this cut and the serious threat it poses to homebound seniors and small businesses. AMAC will continue to urge CMS to rescind this cut to Medicare home healthcare and will remain committed to ensuring access to vital care is available to those who need it.
February 21st, 2014
The Honorable Marilyn Tavenner
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244
Dear Administrator Tavenner,
On behalf of the more than 1.1 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing to express our deep concern for beneficiaries and providers of Medicare home healthcare services.
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, $22 billion will be cut from Medicare home healthcare over the next four years – affecting approximately 3.5 million beneficiaries. This cut could place a greater financial and operational strain on this important program and has a strong likelihood of preventing many homebound Americans from receiving the care they need and prefer. Medicare home healthcare has a proven record of reducing the need for costly institutional care and relieving the burdens of vulnerable senior citizens. Recipients of Medicare home health services are the sickest and poorest of the Medicare population, making this cut particularly disconcerting.
This cut also negatively impacts the businesses that provide home healthcare services. More than 90% of the organizations that provide home healthcare are small businesses, and according to your organization’s own statistic, 40% of these companies will be operating at a loss as a result of this cut by 2017. The repercussions of this cut will undoubtedly be far-reaching given that 5,000 companies could be potentially put out of business and nearly 500,000 jobs in the industry could be wiped out in order to fund ObamaCare. When asked in a poll if these cuts should be rescinded, an overwhelming 97% of AMAC respondents voted in favor of this action.
As the fastest-growing seniors advocacy organization in the country, AMAC remains committed to ensuring that access to vital care remains available through Medicare home healthcare. Thank you for your concern and attention to this critical matter.
President and Founder of AMAC