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…

Senators Promote Palliative Care as NHSC-eligible Primary Care Service

Additional efforts are under way in Congress to help address the growing need for palliative-care trained medical practitioners.  The latest legislation – The Provider Training in Palliative Care Act (S. 1921) – is aimed at recognizing palliative care medicine as an eligible primary care service under the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program.  If enacted,…

Measures to Enhance Home Care and Prevent Spousal Impoverishment Advance in Congress

Late Tuesday night the House of Representatives passed H.R.3253, the Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access, and Strengthening Accountability Act. This legislation extends the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, as well as spousal impoverishment protections for four and a half years. The bill was led by Representatives Dingell (D-MI), Guthrie (R-KY), Pallone (D-NJ), Walden (R-OR),…

New Legislation Would Allow Occupational Therapists to Open Home Health Cases

GO HERE to quickly and easily support this important legislation to improve home health services. New bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives that would grant Occupational Therapists the authority to open home health cases. Under current law, only nurses, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists can…

We need your Stories, Heart, and Voice for Nurse Practitioners!

Congress must Act to Allow NPP’s to Order Home Health Services Current federal law requires that a physician certify a patient’s eligibility for coverage of Home Health services. Many things have changed in healthcare since this Medicare provision was enacted. Much of the primary care provided today comes from highly skilled non-physician practitioners (NPPs) such as…

Grassroots Advocacy Urgent Call to Action!

Show your support for 433/H.R. 2573 We need you to take Action! It’s easy and takes less than 30 seconds CLICK HERE to add your voice and help make some noise on the Hill urging your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to co-sponsor and support the Home Health Payment Innovation Act S. 433 /H.R. 2573…

Bill to Allow Health Savings Accounts to Pay for Home Care Introduced in Congress

Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to improve access to home care services. The bipartisan bill (H.R. 2878), introduced by Representatives Katie Porter (D-CA), Adrian Smith (R-NE), John Larson (D-CT), and Jackie Walorski (R-IN), would allow disbursements of health savings account (HSA) funds to be eligible for qualified home care services. Specifically,…