50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #38:
Eliminate the homebound requirement for Medicare coverage of home health care services

Medicare coverage for care at home currently requires that a person be “homebound” and that they meet several other technical requirements. Medicare Rights often hears from beneficiaries who would benefit from receiving care, such as nursing or physical therapy care, in their homes but who do not meet technical coverage requirements. Congress should expand Medicare coverage for homecare services, both to reduce overall costs and to allow older adults and people with disabilities to stay in their homes and communities where appropriate.