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Top Senator Wants Democrats United on Expanding Home Health Care

June 24, 2021, 6:45 PM

A top senator is trying to unify Democrats in supporting a massive investment in home- and community-based health-care services, but faces slim margins in both chambers of Congress.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) Thursday unveiled his plan to make what he calls a “historic investment” in Medicaid home- and community-based services. The goal is to cut down the waitlists for such services for the elderly and disabled, as well as improve pay for home-care workers.

Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) speaks during a news conference on health care in 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

“We can’t just say we’re going to expand Medicaid to get rid of the waiting list—but we’re still going to have the same $12-an-hour-workforce,” Casey said ...

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