NAHC Applauds Recognition of Home Care in Both GOP and DNC Platforms
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Barbara D. Woolley
Washington , D.C. (September 7, 2012) Every four years, both the GOP and DNC release the much anticipated party platform, which gives voters a guide to the partys position on key issues. NAHC lauds both the GOP and DNC for recognizing and highlighting home care in their 2012 Platforms.
Both the modernization of Medicaid and the inclusion of home care were included in the Republican platform, which reads Because seniors overwhelmingly desire to age at home, we will make home care a priority in public policy. We will champion the right of individual choice in senior care. We will aggressively implement programs to protect against elder abuse, and we will work to ensure that quality care is provided across the care continuum from home to nursing home to hospice. This is only the second time that the Republican Party platform has specifically endorsed the expansion of home care. The last time was 1988 when George H.W. Bush ran and was elected over Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis.
“Governor Romney, in his Convention speech, recognized that in order to have a successful and united America, we must “care for the poor and the sick” and “honor and respect the elderly, said Val J. Halamandaris, president of NAHC.
The Democratic Platform discussed home care through a broader and more expansive term of home and community-based care services which is funded through Medicaid.
In his speech at the DNC Convention last night, President Obama said “No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned,” President Obama.
It is right for home care to be included in both platforms, not only because of the life saving work done daily at a fraction of the cost of institutions, but because this is a non-partisan issue that will have the most immediate impact on the future of America, said Halamandaris.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.