Sinema Highlights Need to Increase Home Care Access for Arizona Seniors

Feb 13, 2020

In Senate Aging Committee Hearing, Sinema discusses her bipartisan legislation allowing Arizona seniors to use Health Savings Accounts to pay for home care

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema spoke in a Senate Aging Committee hearing, highlighting the need to ensure Arizona seniors can access home care services. Sinema discussed her bipartisan Homecare for Seniors Act—legislation she introduced this week with Republican Senator Cory Gardner (CO) that allows seniors to use Health Savings Account funds for home care expenses, saving seniors money, providing relief to family caregivers, and helping seniors live safely at home.
“Our bipartisan bill would allow seniors to use their tax-advantaged health savings accounts to pay for home care. This commonsense step will help seniors live safely at home and provide needed relief for family caregivers,” said Sinema. 
Currently, Health Savings Account funds can be used for home health care as prescribed by a physician, but cannot be used by seniors who need lower levels of care around the home. Home care helps prevent falls and worsening health conditions while allowing seniors to stay in their communities and out of residential care. Sinema’s bipartisan Homecare for Seniors Act increases access to home care by allowing seniors to use their Health Savings Accounts to hire qualified home care workers to help them with bathing, getting to their doctor’s appointments, or ensuring they are taking their medications.