Medicare Adult Day Services Act of 2015 Introduced

Legislation | March 16, 2015 | by

The Medicare Adult Day Services Act of 2015 (H.R. 1383) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) on March 16.

The Medicare Adult Day Services Act of 2015 (H.R. 1383) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) on March 16.

The measure, which LeadingAge strongly supports, was referred to both the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. 

If passed, the legislation would:  

  • Expand Medicare beneficiaries care options by adding skilled nursing, rehabilitation and social services in a Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center. 
     
  • Allow patients who qualify for home health services or nursing homes under Medicare to use a Medicare Certified adult day services center as an option for care. It does not expand eligibility. It simply allows qualified patients to choose a Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center.
     
  • Save Medicare dollars, cover more services. 
     
  • Not expand the number of people using Medicare services. Eligibility to use the services in a Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center is the same as the eligibility criteria for Medicare certified home health.
     
  • Require Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center to meet the standards of nationally recognized accrediting agencies. 
     
  • Require Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center to comply with all applicable State and local building and fire codes. 
     
  • Ensure that Medicare and Medicaid integrity is maintained with high standards to prevent fraud and abuse. 
     
  • Require Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center services to be ordered by a physician who approves the plan of care.

Adult day health programs are already providing skilled care through Medicaid and Medicaid waivers. The diversity of services provided in adult day centers are critical for frail older adults and persons with disabilities to obtain the holistic, person-centered services that meet their individual care needs. 

The legislation also recognizes the importance of adult day services as a means of reducing the stress on caregivers.

Please contact your members of the U.S. House of Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor this legislation.

The bill currently has 11 co-sponsors: 

  • Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY).
  • Matt Cartwright (D-PA).
  • Lois Frankel (D-FL). 
  • Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).
  • Steve Cohen (D-TN).
  • Michele Lujan Grisham (D-NM).
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA).
  • John Conyers (D-MI).
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
  • Janice Schakowsky (D-IL).
  • Yvette Clarke (D-NY).