GOP and Democratic Platforms Agree: Aging In Place Is Essential

While they may not agree on much, the Republican Party and Democratic Party seem share some common ground when it comes to one important issue: aging in place for seniors. 

Both parties’ platforms, released during their national conventions over the past couple of weeks, include home care for the aging population. 

On the GOP side, the modernization of Medicaid and the prioritization of home care were emphasized. 

“Because seniors overwhelmingly desire to age at home, we will make home care a priority in public policy,” the platform says. “We will champion the right of individual choice in senior care. We will aggressively implement programs to protect against elder abuse, and we will work to ensure that quality care is provided across the care continuum from home to nursing home to hospice.”

Across the aisle, the Democrats also mention Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services. 

“No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned,” said President Obama in his speech during the Democratic National Convention, held last week in North Carolina. 

With the  nation’s senior population and healthcare costs growing rapidly, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) applauded both parties for focusing on home health care.

“It is right for home care to be included in both platforms, not only because of the life saving work done daily at a fraction of the cost of institutions, but because this is a non-partisan issue that will have the most immediate impact on the future of America,” said Halamandaris.

Written by Alyssa Gerace

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