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October 8, 2012

Congress Members Back Legislation That Could Benefit Themselves, Relatives

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"None of the bills that Congressman Yarmuth has co-sponsored has or would directly benefit Almost Family or even only private home health-care companies," George said. "His support for each is consistent with his longtime interest in and strong advocacy for health-care reform, as well as the interests of his constituents and the significant health-care industry in Louisville."

He added: "All these bills are about improving care for patients, not special tax treatment or increasing the bottom line for the home health industry."

Yarmuth's ties to Almost Family date to the late 1970s, when he invested in his brother's firm. In the late 1980s, Yarmuth served as its vice president of marketing. He values his share of Almost Family at between $1 million and $5 million and reports no annual income from it. His 2010 opponent asked during a debate if the investment posed an ethical conflict, the Courier-Journal in Louisville reported. Yarmuth said there was no conflict.

Almost Family is one of the nation's largest home health firms and employs about 9,000 people across 11 states. The firm spent more than $500,000 lobbying Congress and regulators in the past two years. Almost Family chairman and chief executive William Yarmuth said his company is "part of the industry efforts in Washington," but he "rarely" speaks to his brother about legislation. "Most of my interactions are with other members of Congress," he said.

The company is a member of the industry's largest trade group, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, which has lobbied on five bills John Yarmuth has co-sponsored. The group said it supported three of those bills and opposed all or parts of the other two. The group's president said they have had "little interaction" with Yarmuth on legislation.

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