NAHC to Congress: Permanently Fund Medicare Outreach and Enrollment

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with like-minded organizations to urge Congress to permanently and fully fund Medicare outreach and enrollment for low-income beneficiaries. Specifically, NAHC would like Congress to include in the fall “Extenders Package” a provision to make funding permanent for Medicare outreach and enrollment and increase that…

NAHC to Congress: Fully Fund Respite Care and Family Caregiver Support

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations in urging Congress to adequately fund two critical priorities for those of us devoted to aging in place – the Lifespan Respite Care Program and the National Family Caregiver Support Program. The letter, addressed to the leaders of the…

The Value of Taking a Member of Congress on a Home Care or Hospice Visit

As we come upon the Easter recess of Congress, now is a good time to remind everyone in the home care and hospice community that taking a member of Congress to visit a home care or hospice patient at home is a great idea. Getting elected representatives on home care and hospice visits is a…

Bill to Permit Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Medicare Home Health Orders Introduced in the House

A bipartisan group of legislators introduced a bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 9, to allow non-physician practitioners to certify home health orders under Medicare. Commonly referred to as the “NPP bill”, the legislation would extend certification authority to nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists. These NPPs play…

NAHC Policy Win: Short-Term Extension of Key Medicaid Programs Passes Congress

The United States Senate joined the House of Representatives in overwhelmingly approving a short-term extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Program and the spousal impoverishment protections under Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS). The Senate voted to approve the extensions on April 2, 2019; just a few days after the House approved the…

House of Representatives Approves Short-Term Extension of Key Medicaid Programs

On Monday, March 25th the House of Representatives approved H.R.1839, the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019, another short-term extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person program, and an extension of the spousal impoverishment protections under Medicaid home and community based services (HCBS). As detailed in the NAHC Report, the Money Follows…

Fight to Allow Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Home Health at March on Washington!

There is no cost to attend the 2019 March on Washington, so register now! The 2019 March on Washington is less than two weeks away and we need you to join us for two days of education and advocacy on behalf of the millions of people across America who depend on home care and hospice and the…

House of Reps Contingent Seeks OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

In late February 2019, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and several other members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309). The Education and Labor Committee held a subcommittee hearing on the legislation on February 27. As of this writing H.R. 1309 has…

Key Legislation Introduced to Help Elderly and Disabled Remain in their Homes

Two pieces of bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for the elderly and disabled to receive health care in their homes and to protect against financial catastrophe have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. The EMPOWER (“Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care) Act (S. 548…

Bill to Enable Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Home Health Introduced in Senate

Long-time home care champions Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 296) in the 116th Congress. This long-standing NAHC priority legislation would enable non-physician practitioners the authority to certify home health orders under Medicare. In the past, this legislation has enjoyed strong, widespread bipartisan…