Stewart Mills opposes Medicare cuts to home healthcare

By KBJR News 1

March 20, 2014 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 7:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Quality healthcare for 14,000 Minnesotans could be in jeopardy after sweeping Medicare cuts, according to the Duluth Home Health Community.

Minnesota's 8th District Congressional Candidate Stewart Mills joined healthcare providers Thursday in opposing those Medicare cuts that he says are a part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Mills says under Obama Care, over the next four years, the Medicare home health benefit will be cut by 14 percent.

Home Health Community representatives say these cuts, which went into effect in January, will threaten 8,000 healthcare jobs in Minnesota, and 500,000 jobs nation-wide.

Mills says the cuts also endanger access to cost effective healthcare for patients receiving in home treatments.

"We are predicted to cut $66B from our home healthcare systems,” Mills said. “Those are the people that are the most vulnerable. First of all the care is better in their homes. It's better for them to be in their homes.”

To restore funding to Medicare, Mills says he would like to see Obama Care repealed and replaced with a free market alternative.