Oregon Second District Representative Greg Walden will visit southern Oregon tomorrow (Tuesday) for meetings with home health providers in Medford and Grants Pass. In November 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services used their authority under the Affordable Care Act to cut home health care by 14% over four years—the maximum amount allowed to under the law. Under these rules, over 15,000 seniors in Oregon could lose access to home health care services, according to the Home Health Partnership. Walden says he has written to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging her to reverse these cuts.
Walden will also highlight his authorship of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to intends to ensure that seniors and disabled citizens have timely access to home health services under Medicare. He says bill would allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.
Before the health meetings, Walden will hold a town hall meeting in Shady Cove. Walden will give an update on forestry legislation, the budget, and health care, and take questions from citizens.
Here is a rundown of Walden's Tuesday itinerary:
What: Jackson County Town Hall Meeting
When: 10:00 am
Where: Shady Cove Library, 22477 Hwy 62, Shady Cove
What: Meeting with Providence Home Health
When: 2:00 pm
Where: 2033 Commerce Drive, Medford
What: Meeting with Riverside Home Health
When: 3:45 pm
Where: 402 SE G Street, Grants Pass