The Florida Legislature will adjourn its annual legislative session on May 3, and lawmakers are currently preparing the 2013-14 budget. Medicaid home health reimbursement rates have not increased since 1987, and this is the first year in a handful of years that state revenues are in the black.
HCAF has proposed a 50% increase for Medicaid home health visits and a 15% increase for Medicaid private duty nursing services. The cost to the state is $9,136,110 – no small number, but the savings that home care can provide to the state far exceeds that figure.
The legislature is also considering the home health quarterly report reform bill, which would reduce the fine from $5,000 to $200 per day up to $5,000 per quarter, and also exempt private duty providers. The bill has passed all of its committee stops and will be taken up on the House and Senate floors.
Take Action Now on Both Issues!
Now is the time to contact state lawmakers and ask them to support increased Medicaid reimbursement rates and the quarterly report reform bill.