Sinema Introduces Bipartisan Bill Making Home Care More Accessible for Arizona Seniors

Feb 10, 2020

Senator’s bipartisan legislation allows Arizona seniors to use Health Savings Accounts to pay for home care

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today introduced the bipartisan Homecare for Seniors Act with Republican Senator Cory Gardner (CO). The legislation allows seniors to use Health Savings Account funds for home care expenses, saving seniors money, providing relief to family caregivers, and helping seniors remain safely at home.
“Arizona seniors who’ve paid into Health Savings Accounts deserve the option to use their money for home care. Ensuring health savings can be used for home care increases access to services our loved ones need to stay safe at home, provides relief to family caregivers, and helps Arizona seniors save money,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Aging Committee. 
Currently, Health Savings Account funds can only 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 for a longer period of time. Sinema’s bipartisan Homecare for Seniors Act increases access to home care, which in turn keeps seniors safe and saves seniors from having to enter more expensive residential care.
The Homecare for Seniors Act is supported by the Caregiver Action Network, Homecare Association of America, the International Franchise Association, Alzheimer’s Foundation, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, National Alliance for Caregiving, Leading Age, and Home Instead.