Respite Care in New Jersey: Hearing Before the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate, One Hundred First Congress, Second Session, Lakewood, New Jersey, April 16, 1990, Volume 4

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1990 - 54 pages

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Page 23 - A community-based group program designed to meet the needs of functionally impaired adults through an individual plan of care. It is a structured, comprehensive program that provides a variety of health, social, and related support services in a protective setting during any part of a day but less than 24-hour care.
Page 45 - ... first year to $1.30 over 5 years. It will come as no surprise to you, Mr. Chairman, and to the other members of the committee, that given the road that we both have traveled these past few years, beneficiary-only financing is not what AARP would want to see used for future benefit expansion. AARP views the traditional financing of Medicare part B which spreads the cost of the program across the entire population as a fundamental tenant of the Medicare program which should not be breached lightly....
Page 38 - Association commends you for your efforts to focus attention on the continuing need for coverage of preventive and long-term care services under Medicare. I will center my remarks this morning on three areas: 1) the effect of rising health care costs on older American's ability to obtain needed health care; 2) the importance of the four new and expanded benefits included in HR 3880: mammography screening, respite care, expanded coverage of both home health care and hospice care; and 3) financing...
Page 50 - We know that you, Congressman Saxton, understand the consumer preference for home care. Thank you for this opportunity to share our views with you and thank you for the support you have provided in the United States House of Representatives on home health care issues. 33-874 0-90-3 Mr.
Page 35 - ... screening, respite care, expanded coverage of both home health care and hospice care; and 3) financing the benefits. Rising Health Care Costs To fully understand how important Medicare coverage of mammography screening, respite care, expanded home health care and hospice care is, it is necessary to look at how increasing health care costs have widened the gaps in Medicare's protection of older beneficiaries. The Medicare program is the cornerstone of health care coverage for older Americans....
Page 23 - Restoring and rehabilitating the individual to his/her highest possible level of functioning; • Providing support, respite and education for families and other caregivers; • Fostering socialization and peer interaction; • Serving as an integral part of the community service network and the long-term care continuum.
Page 43 - Between 1980 and 1989, prescription drug prices rose by 128 percent, compared with an increase in the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) of just over 50 percent. In 1989 alone, when the overall rate of inflation was 4.8 percent, average prescription drug prices rose by 8.7 percent. High prices, heavy utilization, and...
Page 50 - ... 1988, you cosponsored the bill introduced by the late Senator Claude Pepper, the Long-Term Home Care Family Protection ACt. Only a comprehensive program like this will ease the burden of today's and tomorrow's older citizens and their families. The excuse for not broadening the home care benefit in Medicare or Medicaid has always been that it is too good an idea. It has been suggested that people would come out of the woodwork...
Page 52 - Senator BRADLEY. Well, let me thank all three of you for your testimony, and...
Page 3 - Although the ranks of the institutionalized elderly and disabled are growing, nursing homes make only a small contribution to long-term care.

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