Craig Holly was determined to fight when the home health agency caring for his wife decided to cut off services Jan. 18.
The reason he was given by an agency nurse? His wife was disabled but stable, and Medicare was changing its payment system for home health.
Euphrosyne “Effie” Costas-Holly, 67, has advanced multiple sclerosis. She can’t walk or stand and relies on an overhead lift system to move from room to room in their house.
Effie wasn’t receiving a lot of care: just two visits every week from aides who gave her a bath, and one visit every two weeks from a nurse who evaluated her and changed her suprapubic catheter, a device that drains urine from a tube inserted in the abdomen.