A new poll has found strong support for expanding home health options following hospitalization and the bipartisan Choose Home Care Act.
The poll was conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH), with the results announced Sept. 14, 2021, by the partnership and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).
The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 would create a new program to supplement the existing Medicare Home Health benefit for patients who choose to recover at home following a hospitalization.
Specifically, the Morning Consult poll found:
- Over nine in ten Medicare beneficiaries, 94%, say they would prefer to receive post-hospital short-term health care at home. Only 3% say they would prefer a nursing home.
- 85% of adults say it should be a high priority for the federal government to expand Medicare coverage for at-home health care. 90% of those over age 65 say this should be a high priority for the federal government.
- 86% of adults, including 94% of Medicare beneficiaries, support the Choose Home Care Act. The bill has wide bipartisan support with 83% of Republicans and 92% of Democrats showing support for the Choose Home Care Act.