NAHC Supports Legislation to Keep Veterans in Community Settings

The House of Representatives Veterans Affairs committee held a hearing on September 11 on H.R. 1527, the Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act, a bill to expand access to home care for veterans and help keep them out of institutional settings. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), would expand access to the Medical Foster…

Bipartisan Group of Senators Pledge to Advance Palliative Care

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have launched a new caucus focusing on the furthering of palliative care. Officially titled the Comprehensive Care Caucus, the group is Co-chaired by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), John Barrasso (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). In announcing their caucus, the Senators plan to “raise awareness and work towards…

Medicare Sequester Extended Two Years

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, signed into law last week by President Donald J. Trump, includes an extension of the Medicare sequestration cuts for an additional two years. This across the board cut of two percent applies to all Medicare provider payments. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 will increase federal spending by $320…

Join NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy 2019 During the August Recess!

August marks the beginning of the Annual Summer Congressional Recess. Your elected officials will be in their local home offices, right in your own backyard for the next several weeks, and we want you to engage with them about our key legislative priorities. Advocacy starts at home with you, your staff, patients and families. You…

After OIG Reports, House Committee Seeks More Info on Hospice Deficiencies

In response to two reports issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) targeting hospice survey deficiencies and quality of care, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) are seeking more information from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

Senate Approves Key Bill to Extend Money Follows the Person, Spousal Impoverishment Protection

On Thursday, July 24, the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent an extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, as well as protections against spousal impoverishment for recipients of home and community based services (HCBS). The extension provides funding through the end of the calendar year. This is the latest in…

Bipartisan Legislation to Grow the Palliative Care Workforce Introduced in Congress

NAHC advocacy effort succeeds Please support this important legislation NOW! It takes only a few seconds On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), a bipartisan reform to grow, improve and sustain the palliative care and hospice…

Home Care and Hospice Capitol Hill Update

Recently two key committees in the House of Representatives took Congressional action on legislation important to home care and hospice providers. The Energy and Commerce committee held a hearing on the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act, while the Ways and Means Committee held a mark-up on the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act.…

Members of Congress Ask CMS to Stop Home Health Cuts Based on Behavioral Assumptions

GO HERE to stop home health payment cuts! A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives, including Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL-7) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16), have written to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to ask her to…

House Approves Labor-HHS Spending Blueprint for FY2020

Last week the House of Representatives approved legislation that provides discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, H.R. 2740 would dole out a combined $192 billion for the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education, and their related agencies. Every year in the appropriations process specific funding levels need to…