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Plans in Gov. Cuomo’s budget have people who rely on Medicaid for home healthcare in New York concerned.

The Governor is proposing slashing the Consumer Directed Personal Care Program—a more than 20-year-old program that allows people to choose their own hours and aides—by $75 million. You can read the story on page 8 of this week’s paper for more information on this program and how cuts would affect people who use it.

In general, home healthcare is a common form of personal assistance for older adults. Here is some information on home healthcare in the United States.

Approximately 12 million people in the U.S. require some form of home healthcare.

More than 33,000 home healthcare providers exist today.

Almost two-thirds (63.8%) of home healthcare recipients are women.

More than two-thirds (69.1%) of home healthcare recipients are over age 65.

Conditions requiring home healthcare most frequently include diabetes, heart failure, chronic ulcer of the skin, osteoarthritis and hypertension.

Approximately $72.2 billion was projected to be spent on home healthcare in 2009.

Medicare is the largest single payer of home care services. In 2009, Medicare spending was approximately 41% of the total home healthcare and hospice expenditure.

There are roughly 98 agencies that offer home healthcare services in Sullivan County*

Go to www.bit.ly/careTRR for more information on connecting with the appropriate in-home care services for you or call 845/794-3000, ext. 0257 or direct dial at 845/807-0257.

Data from the John Hopkins Institute

*According to the New York State Department of Health

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