Banach Statement on Biden’s Infrastructure Plan
For Immediate Release
March 31, 2021
Statement from NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach in Response to President Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
Plan calls for creating new and better jobs for caregiving workers by expanding access to long-term and home-based care services. NHPCO calls for Medicare community-based palliative care benefit at CMMI.
We commend the Biden-Harris administration for calling on Congress to expand access to quality, affordable home- or community-based care for older and disabled Americans on Medicaid. NHPCO wholeheartedly agrees that addressing the needs of caregivers and home and community-based care providers is essential, and we hope that the Biden-Harris administration will build on this by allowing Medicare to prevent declines and care for people where they live through a community-based palliative care benefit in Medicare. Expanding access to and defining the core services for community-based palliative care has the potential to reduce overall health care expenditures, improve the quality of life, and reduce the racial disparities in the current health care system by providing people with more access and choice.
We look forward to our continued work with the Biden-Harris administration and will aggressively advocate for a community-based palliative care benefit moving forward.
President & CEO