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GRASSROOTS ACTION ALERT

EMAIL OR CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY
PLEASE CO-SPONSOR S. 3130, THE “INDEPENDENCE AT HOME ACT”

 

Thank you for engaging in efforts to advance S. 3130, legislation recently introduced in the United States Senate to serve some of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens – chronically ill elders and individuals with severe disabilities who are enrolled in Medicare.

The only way that this legislation can move in Congress is if we have strong bipartisan support among the majority of U.S. Senators.  We need your help! 

Will you send the message below, tailored to your organization, to your grassroots action network and any other list of potential supporters?  Attached is a two-pager on Independence at Home.  The more support Senators get from home, the more likely they are to co-sponsor the legislation and the more likely that this important legislation will become law.  Senators return from their August recess on September 6th.  You may wish to direct your networks to free websites such as these links:  CONTACT CONGRESS or U.S. SENATE LINKS, or you may ask for assistance from Emily Whiteman at Emily.Whiteman@ppsv.org.

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Dear Senator XXX,

I strongly urge you to co-sponsor S. 3130, the “Independence at Home Act” (IAH ACT), championed by Senators Markey (D-MA), Cornyn (R-TX), Portman (R-OH) and Bennet (D-CO). 

This critical piece of legislation supports (organization name)’s efforts to extend home-based primary care services to certain chronically ill and disabled individuals, allowing them to stay in their homes and avoid unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations. 

The IAH ACT builds off of the Independence at Home (IAH) Medicare demonstration, a targeted, proven, bipartisan success backed by decades of evidence that offers the promise of significant savings if converted from a demonstration into the Medicare program. The IAH demonstration was entirely self-funded, covered over 10,000 beneficiaries, and saved over $35 million in just two years. 

The IAH ACT would create interdisciplinary teams of physicians, other health care providers, and social services professionals to care for our most fragile elders where they prefer to receive their care – in their own homes.  Staying as close to the demonstration as possible, the IAH ACT would expand the IAH demonstration to serve nearly 2 million people who already meet IAH’s strict eligibility criteria. 

The time to act is now.  Over the next two decades, the number of people age 65 and older will nearly double to more than 72 million, or one in five Americans.  Many individuals in this age group will grapple with multiple chronic illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.  Making this program nationwide provides quality care to elders in their homes, assures their dignity and independence, and saves millions of dollars in unnecessary healthcare spending. 

Please co-sponsor, S. 3130, the “Independence at Home Act (IAH ACT).”


 

IAH In the News

(October 2016) Bill Extending Home-based Chronic Care Project Wins AAFP Support

(September 2016) Reviving House Calls by Doctors

(September 2016) The Doctor Is In. In Your House, That Is.

(September 2016) Home-Based Care Programs: New Funding Available to Reduce Disabilities and Promote Aging in Place

(August 2016) Housecall Providers Continues to Save Medicare Money

(August 2016) House Calls from Doctors Might Save Medicaid Money for States

(August 2016) CMS Releases the News: Independence at Home Improves Care and Lowers Cost in Second Year Performance Results

(July 2016) Senators Markey, Cornyn, Bennet, and Portman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Innovative Home-based Primary care Medicare Program Permanent 

(July 2016) American Academy of Home Care Medicine Applauds Introduction of the Independence at Home Act

(February 2016) Personalized Medicine Meets Technology in Home-Based Care Programs

(August 2015) Academy Applauds House Passage of Independence at Home Extension 

(August 2015) IAH Year One Success Touted Nationwide! 

(August 2015) House Panel Approves Extension of Independence at Home Demonstration 

(June 2015) CMS Releases the News: Independence at Home Improves Care and Lowers Cost 

(October 2014) Better Access, Quality, and Cost for Clinically Complex Veterans with Home-Based Primary Care

  

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