On September 10, shortly after the Labor Day holiday, Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) introduced HR 3467, the “Together We Care Act of 2015.” The proposal establishes a 3-year federal pilot training program that would allow public housing residents to be given the opportunity to receive home health services training from state certified organizations.
Following certification, the newly trained home health aides would be matched with elderly or disabled individuals who are Medicaid-eligible. The legislation authorizes $5 million per year to HUD for 3 years beginning in 2016 to support the program. CLPHA endorsed this legislation when it was last introduced in the 111th Congress, and is once again endorsing the legislation for the 114th Congress. The bill has been referred to the House Financial Services Committee on which Rep. Velazquez is a senior member.