Griffith Introduces Bill to Consider Inclusion of Granny Pods Under Medicare and Medicaid

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after today introducing the Granny Pods Study Act of 2020:

“For some families, ‘granny pods’ are an appropriate and safe choice as they care for loved ones with long-term mental and physical impairments. My bill would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to study the possibility of reimbursing for expenses related to care provided in these temporary structures. We should strongly consider this possibility as a way to provide more options for safe and constant long-term care.”


Temporary family health care structures, popularly known as “granny pods,” are small, transportable residential structures designed to house one occupant for medical care. They can be located in backyards or added to existing residences.

Griffith discussed the concept of granny pods and raised the possibility of reimbursing for care provided in them at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on June 17. The video can be viewed here.