Academy Submits Letter of Support for Adult Day Care Legislation

July 13, 2009

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The Academy has submitted a letter of support for the "Medicare Adult Day Care Services Act", which amends title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of substitute adult day care services under the Medicare Program.

This legislation would give seniors, people with disabilities, and their families the option to choose adult day care under Medicare. Passing this act could prove to be a cost-effective way to add more choices to Medicare, as it would pay adult day care providers 98 percent of the home health rate.

In addition to increasing choices for seniors and people with disabilities, this bill would provide a vital service to family caregivers, as it could protect incomes for family caregivers without adding to the cost of Medicare.

"The government has finally realized through cost analysis that such care would save money, which, as we all know, is the most important driver of policy," said Daniel C. Potts, MD, a practicing neurologist from Alabama and an advocate for adult day care opportunities, which led him to be named 2009 Palatucci Advocate of the Year. "This is a very positive step in the advocacy goal of improving quality of life for dementia patients and respite for their care givers."

Sponsored by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), this legislation has been referred to the Committee on Ways & Means.

For more information, contact Mike Amery, legislative counsel, at mamery@aan.com.

Read the Academy's letter of support.