Help Get Vital Support for Home Care Amendments in FY14 House Budget

boston-statehouseA new advocacy message that home care agencies and advocates can send to their state representatives has been posted on the Home Care Alliance’s “Legislative Action Center.”

The pre-written message urging the House to support the Alliance’s budget priorities will automatically be sent to your state representative based on the contact form that you fill out after clicking the link. You will be able to review the message before sending, if you choose, and it only takes a minute of your time!

Here are HCA’s priority budget amendments:

  • Telehealth Monitoring (Amendment #341), sponsored by Rep. John Mahoney:  – establishes MassHealth reimbursement for home telehealth services provided by a home health agency.
  • Home Health Agencies Certificate of Need (Amendment #552), sponsored by Rep. Kate Hogan – establishes a “certificate of need” process for new home health agencies.
  • Pediatric Home Health Care (Amendment #609), sponsored by Rep. Michael Brady – balances the payment formula for independent practitioners and agencies providing continuous nursing to account for an agency’s overhead, including scheduling and documentation requirements.

You may also call your state representative to urge their support of any of the amendments listed above. Those unsure about who represents them can lookup their legislator and contact info at The above links to each amend includes a fact sheet with talking points you can use on the phone call.

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