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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with members of the Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine in her Washington, D.C., office to discuss home health care policies and their effect on agencies throughout the State of Maine.
“The Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine provides a voice for the nurses, therapists, aides, and other caregivers who play a central role in our home care and hospice health care system,” said Senator Collins. “We had a productive discussion about the challenges home health care and hospice agencies in Maine face and ways we can work together to solve them, allowing seniors to stay right where they want to be — in the comfort, security, and privacy of their own home.”
Members of the Alliance who participated in the meeting included leadership from the Androscoggin Home Health Care & Hospice, Hospice of Southern Maine, MaineHealth Care at Home, and Northern Light Home Care & Hospice.
The Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine is a statewide non-profit trade association whose members offer a unified and informed voice in support of affordable, accessible, quality home care and hospice services. Last year, home care and hospice providers in Maine served more than 45,000 clients, traveling more than 20 million miles throughout the state.
Earlier this year, Senator Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, spoke from the Senate floor about two bipartisan bills that would help to preserve and expand access to home health services — the Home Health Payment Innovation Act and the Home Health Planning Improvement Act. Additionally, Senator Collins introduced the Geriatrics Workforce Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to increase the number of geriatric health professionals and direct service workers to support our aging population.