House Democrats are calling for a review of a $15 billion package of homecare bills that the Trump administration announced Wednesday, including one that does not require homecare providers to undergo background checks on their employees.
House Democrats said the changes will lead to a shortage of qualified providers and create an uneven playing field for those that do.
“The House is calling on the Trump Administration to hold an expedited and transparent review of the House bill and to provide the public with an update on the progress of the work that will take place,” House Democratic Caucus chair Rep. Nydia Velazquez said in a statement.
The package of bills included in the $1.5 trillion measure includes a $3 billion extension of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MAP) program, which provides payment support to Medicare patients and health plans.
It also includes a funding increase for the National Center for Home Health Care.
The MAP program helps health plans provide affordable, high-quality home care to low-income Americans.
However, the package does not include provisions that would require health plans to submit data on the number of qualified homecare professionals and the number who have undergone background checks, or for providers to report to the MAP.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats have said that MAP should be expanded and that the $15-billion bill should include additional provisions that provide additional protections for homecare workers.
“With this bill, we have taken a step forward, but we are still far short of our goal,” Velazques said.
“There is a shortage, and there is no guarantee that we will get there.
The only thing that is guaranteed is that more people will be able to get care.
It is a very important bill.”
The MAP expansion is designed to make sure that the millions of low-wage workers who are currently ineligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are not forced to pay more for care.
The bill would also require health care providers who offer homecare services to undergo a background check and pay a penalty if they do not.
The House bill includes $1 billion in funding for MAP, but also includes $100 million in additional funding for the federal government to cover the costs of administering the program.
The House passed the MAP bill last week, but a number of Republican lawmakers in the Senate blocked it in the House.