Moving Health Home (MHH) is pleased to support the introduction of the bipartisan Expanding Care in the Home Act (ECHA) (H.R. 2853) in the House of Representatives. We applaud Representatives Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) for their leadership on this crucial legislation to remove barriers currently limiting patient access to care in the home, which is often the preferred site of care for patients, caregivers, and providers.
Bill text can be found here.
See a section-by-section here.
MHH Press Release
Rep. Smith (R-NE) Press Release
Rep. Dingell (D-MI) Press Release
The Expanding Care in the Home Act (H.R. 2853) would remove barriers currently limiting patient access to care in the home, which is often the preferred site of care for patients, caregivers, and providers. The Act would ensure home-based care is a viable option for patient care and scalable for providers. The Expanding Care in the Home Act encompasses needed policy changes across the in-home care continuum ranging from primary care to dialysis, as well as workforce investments to strengthen and support the delivery of home-based care. Taken together, the Expanding Care in the Home would significantly advance the goal to ensure the home is a clinical site of care for the future.
The United States lags behind comparable countries in home-based care options for patients. The pandemic has taught us that care in the home is preferred by many patients, with increasing demand for at-home options.
Besides the innate benefits of increased access to care, home-based models have demonstrated the ability to successfully reduce costs, improve quality and outcomes, maintain safety comparable to or better than facilities, and address disparities.