Biden’s speech underscores lost year for home careJanuary 1, 1970
Timing indeed is everything. President Biden’s State of the Union address brought the cliché home for home care. And it stings a bit.
With his single mention of home care in his one-hour, two-minute speech on Tuesday, Biden seemed to say it all for the field: The moment for big investments certainly may have passed.
Just think about last year at this year at this time (which feels like a decade away, given all that has happened). Fresh off his election victory, Biden’s ambitions seemingly knew no bounds. Barely out of the gate, he passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Next came a massive piece of infrastructure legislation that included $400 billion for Medicaid home- and community-based care. It was no surprise that National Association for Home Care & Hospice President Bill Dombi dubbed 2021 “the year of healthcare at home.”
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