About Bring the Vote Home


Bring the Vote Home was launched to help senior citizens, disabled Americans, their family members, and their home healthcare clinicians participate in elections this past November and into the future. Home healthcare beneficiaries make up a rapidly growing portion of the population, but the homebound status of many of them makes it difficult for them to participate in the electoral process. Bring the Vote Home is dedicated to helping all members of the home healthcare community participate fully in our nation's democratic process.

What Your Leaders Are Saying

Elected leaders across the country are taking a stand on issues that are important to our community of care. Concerned by proposals that impose a copayment for seniors or contain misguided cuts to the Medicare program, Congressional leaders are expressing support for the value home healthcare services provide the nation's seniors who prefer to receive medical treatments at home.

Recent Stories


National Poll of Registered Senior Voters Generates Unexpected Findings on Medicare Physician Payment Legislation

April 13, 2015


Washington, DC – A Bring the Vote Home survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters over age 65 reveals that seniors are generally unaware of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) legislation pending in Congress. When informed about the physician payment reform legislation that will increase reimbursement to Medicare physicians, the majority of seniors express support, but […]

Washington, DC – A Bring the Vote Home survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters over age 65 reveals that seniors are generally unaware of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) legislation pending in Congress. When informed about the physician payment reform legislation that will increase reimbursement to Medicare physicians, the majority of seniors express support, but remain concerned about increased patient costs and cuts to Medicare services.

Only two in 10 seniors have heard “a lot” or “some” about the SGR legislation and just two percent indicated they had heard “a lot” about the proposed bill. When educated about the SGR reform bill, 53 percent of seniors would support Congressional action to increase Medicare reimbursement for physician services.

Of greatest concern to seniors is the prospect of higher healthcare costs. Those surveyed express strong opposition, by a 6-in-1 margin, to legislation that would increase costs for Medicare patients.

Key survey findings, released today, include:

  • 77% of senior voters oppose legislation that would increase costs for seniors
  • 81% of senior voters oppose legislation that would cut Medicare-covered health services
  • 57% of senior voters support increasing funding for rural home healthcare services

The data suggest that access to rural healthcare is also a priority for senior voters. Increased funding for rural home healthcare services is supported by a majority of respondents and highest among seniors under age 75 (60 percent) and those who reside in rural areas (61 percent).

These survey questions were conducted as part of a Morning Consult Poll from March 23-26. The poll surveyed 1,941 senior (over age 65) registered voters and has a margin error of two percentage points.

 

All survey questions and results are available here.

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Bring the Vote Home National Seniors Poll Results

April 10, 2015


April 13, 2015 Morning Consult conducted a national survey of 1,941 senior (65 years and older) registered voters on March 23-26, 2015. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of 2 percentage points SUMMARY: A Bring The Vote Home survey of nearly 2,000 registered-voter Americans aged 65 and older found that few […]

April 13, 2015

Morning Consult conducted a national survey of 1,941 senior (65 years and older) registered voters on March 23-26, 2015. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of 2 percentage points

SUMMARY:

A Bring The Vote Home survey of nearly 2,000 registered-voter Americans aged 65 and older found that few seniors are aware of the SGR legislation. When informed about it, most seniors support legislation that would increase reimbursement for Medicare physicians. Most seniors expressed concern about increased costs and cuts to Medicare services, but that concern is somewhat offset by respondents’ support for increased funding for rural home healthcare.

Key Takeaways:

Low Awareness of Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) legislation

Only two in 10 (22%) seniors have heard ‘a lot’ or ‘some’ about proposed legislation to change Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), and only two percent say they have heard ‘a lot’ about the proposed legislation.

Physician Pay Increases Generate Broad Support

By a 2-to-1 margin (53% Support, 26% Oppose), seniors support Congressional action that would increase Medicare reimbursement for physician services.

Seniors Deeply Concerned by Cuts, Cost Increases

By a 6-to-1 margin (77% Oppose, 12% Support), seniors expressed opposition to legislation that would increase costs for seniors. Eighty-one percent expressed opposition to legislation that would cut Medicare-covered healthcare services.

Rural Home Healthcare Popular

By a nearly 3-to-1 margin (57% Support, 20% Oppose), seniors support increasing funding for rural home healthcare services. Overall support for increased rural healthcare funding is highest among key subsets, including seniors under 75 years of age (60%) and rural seniors (61%).

To download the Morning Consult memo on the poll, click here.

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Letter: Support home health services

August 3, 2014


In Parkersburg News & Sentinel Medicare cuts in Washington aren’t just policies on paper, they affect real people and have potentially serious consequences. This is the case in West Virginia and throughout the nation, where seniors and healthcare professionals are bearing the brunt of a drastic cut to the Medicare home health benefit.Starting in January […]

In Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Medicare cuts in Washington aren’t just policies on paper, they affect real people and have potentially serious consequences.

This is the case in West Virginia and throughout the nation, where seniors and healthcare professionals are bearing the brunt of a drastic cut to the Medicare home health benefit.Starting in January of this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid implemented an unprecedented cut of 14 percent to Medicare home health funding over the next four years, jeopardizing seniors’ access to clinically advanced, cost-effective home healthcare.

Here in West Virginia, this cut puts 392,000 Medicare patients at risk of losing access to their preferred home healthcare, potentially forcing many to seek alternative medical care in costly institutional settings, or worse, forego necessary treatment.To remedy this harmful cut, lawmakers in Washington have stepped up to the plate and introduced the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act. This legislation would repeal the arbitrary cuts and replace them with responsible reforms that achieve savings by reducing avoidable spending and providing improved, coordinated care to patients.

The SAVE Medicare Home Health Act also incentivizes home health agencies to keep patients healthy and out of the hospital, potentially generating significant savings for the Medicare program.I commend the lawmakers in Washington for protecting home health for our nation’s most vulnerable seniors and wish to recognize Congressman David McKinley for sponsoring the bill and Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito for signing on in support. Our lawmakers support of this valuable piece of legislation will help to ensure that Washington’s policies are written with seniors in mind.

Laura Friend
Middlebourne, W.Va.
Laura Friend is Executive Director of the West Virginia Council of Home Care Agencies.

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Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies commends Tom Price on Legislation

July 30, 2014


In The Marietta Daily Journal The Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies Inc. on Monday thanked U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) for introducing new Medicare legislation that would replace across-the-board Medicare cuts with targeted reform that will improve the quality of home health care services. The Securing Access Via Excellence Medicare Home Health Act, or HR […]

In The Marietta Daily Journal

The Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies Inc. on Monday thanked U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) for introducing new Medicare legislation that would replace across-the-board Medicare cuts with targeted reform that will improve the quality of home health care services.

The Securing Access Via Excellence Medicare Home Health Act, or HR 5110, offers an alternative to the 14-percent, four-year cuts instituted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Jan. 1. The SAVE Medicare Home Health Act would repeal the cuts, which CMS has projected will force approximately 40-percent of all home health providers to suffer net losses. In their place, the SAVE Medicare Home Health Act utilizes hospital readmission reform to achieve savings by improving care for Medicare beneficiaries and reducing avoidable spending.

In Georgia, data predicts nearly a fourth of the state’s home health agencies will be operating in the red by 2017 due to the Medicare cuts, putting home health at risk for 19,300 seniors and jobs at risk for 4,700 home health professionals.

“We applaud Congressman Price for taking this very important step to securing seniors’ access to the high-quality, cost-reducing home healthcare they prefer,” said Judy Adams, executive director of the Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies Inc. “By repealing the Medicare cut beginning Jan. 1, 2015, this legislation will protect access to the quality, skilled home health care on which more than 85,000 seniors across Georgia depend.”

The legislation will incentivize home healthcare agencies to deliver high-quality care to beneficiaries and reduce hospital readmission rates, which represents a positive and proven approach to achieving savings without disrupting patient care. In this manner, the bill would enable Georgia seniors to remain in their homes, rather than return to institutional settings, and would achieve significant savings for the Medicare program.

The GAHHA is the voice of Georgia’s home care providers and represents Medicare certified and licensed agencies that provide in-home health care and supportive services to Georgia residents.

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