August of Action: Reliable Advocates for the Patients at Home
In August, while Congress recessed, members of the Reliable team and U.S. Representatives home for the summer were hard at work fighting for patient rights.
As part of our involvement in HOMES, the Home Medical Equipment and Services Association of New England, our team sat down with local politicians for an “August of Action” to speak with them about earning congressional support for the home care industry.
Healthcare is a hot button issue with this political administration, and it’s no secret that healthcare costs are a major concern for today’s politicians, and the public. However, in the grand scheme of healthcare spending, studies continue to prove that home care is creating cost savings, not driving higher costs. Unlike expensive hospital stays, surgeries and pharmaceuticals, home care for patients shortens hospital stays and prevents readmissions – two factors that largely contribute to the rising costs of care.
As champions of home care and the patients we serve, we believe the industry’s efficiency and quality of care merits that politicians allocate more funding toward it, not less.
We sat down with Massachusetts U.S. Representatives Bill Keating, Jim McGovern and Joe Kennedy III ¬– all who serve on committee boards that oversee operations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), or have vested interests in health and the success of small businesses.
All were extremely receptive to the needs of the home care industry; Representative Kennedy, in particular, made note of the importance of the input of home care professionals and stakeholders saying, “Home medical equipment companies shouldn’t be on the table, they should have a seat at the table.”
At Reliable, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality equipment and care, but we also strongly believe in advocating on behalf of our patients and making sure policymakers value their wellbeing as much as we do. While we are encouraged by our exciting “August of Action,” this is just one small step on the road of our patient advocacy journey. We look forward to the continuing conversation with our representatives to ensure patient-friendly legislature across New England and the United States.