Tell Congress: Support A Bold Investment In HCBS


Aging services are an essential part of the nation’s infrastructure. There are 52 million people over age 65, a population that is expected to double by 2040. Right now, we don’t have the infrastructure for aging services that we need—and the systems we do have are crumbling. 

We now have the opportunity to invest $400 billion in home and community-based services as Congress considers the President’s proposal on providing these services as part of the next infrastructure package.

ACT NOW by contacting your U.S. Representative and Senators and urging them to invest in our aging services infrastructure by supporting:

  • The American Jobs Plan provision to invest $400 billion in HCBS expansion.
  • An increase to the federal Medicaid match for Medicaid HCBS, including waiver and state plan services like adult day and personal care services and for PACE organizations.
  • Critical investments in other services in the home and community through Medicare home health and hospice.

LeadingAge created the Blueprint for a Better Aging Infrastructure as a set of recommendations that address the economic, social, and racial inequities older Americans face. Build awareness and support for these recommendations by asking Congress to invest in these vital programs today.

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As a constituent who is concerned for older adults and those who serve them, I ask that you please co-sponsor the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act (S.4854/H.R. 8677) and push for its inclusion in any future COVID-relief or other health care package. 

Under current law, Medicare cannot reimburse home health providers for virtual care and, as a result, our home health members have been put in the untenable position of forfeiting adequate reimbursement to better protect their staff and patients. The HEAT Act (S.4854/H.R. 8677) would provide home health providers with the ability to receive reimbursement for providing telehealth visits with appropriate protections for patients and families. 

Home health providers are a critical component of the aging services infrastructure and they need the flexibility provided by this legislation to ensure that they can safely serve their patients without forfeiting adequate reimbursement. Please act to protect older adults and those who serve them by co-sponsoring the HEAT Act  (S.4854/H.R. 8677).