The Obama administration is making dramatic cuts to home health services for seniors, cutting reimbursements by 14% over the next four years. Critics argue that the cuts will shrink the health care sector and leave over a million seniors without access to health services. In addition, they argue that these deep Medicare cuts will impact home health professionals, the very people whom home health patients depend on. The administration has acknowledged that “approximately 40% of the more than 11,000 home health agencies would be losing money by 2017.” Currently, there are over 1.2 million Americans working in the home health sector, 90% of whom are women.
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