New Bill to Ease Medicare Restrictions on Telehealth Introduced in Congress

New legislation introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday would make several important changes to the application of telehealth in the Medicare program. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) engaged directly with Congress on the development of this legislation and joined over 120 organizations in endorsing its introduction.…

NAHC Urges Congress to Extend Key Legislation for Home Care Patients

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge Congress pass a long-term extension of the Money Follows the Person Program (MFP). While we have appreciated the short-term extensions passed this Congress, a long-term extension of five years — the length of time included in the…

House of Representatives Passes Key Hospice Bill

Legislation now moves to the Senate On Monday October 28th the House of Representatives approved H.R. 647, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), legislation that would make improvements in the training, education and provision of palliative and hospice care. NAHC has advocated for passage of this bill since it was introduced.…

Key Senate Committee Considers Funding for Community-Based Programs

Recently the Senate Appropriations Committee announced legislation funding the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education. This legislation outlines discretionary spending limits allowable to HHS as well as recommendations from the Congress on how the money is allocated within agencies and programs. This is an annual process dictating spending levels for the…

NAHC to CMS: Continue to Protect Medicare Beneficiaries from Enrollment Errors

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with a group of like-minded organizations to ask the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue to provide time-limited equitable relief opportunity for select individuals currently or previously enrolled in Marketplace plans who delayed Medicare enrollment during their Initial Enrollment Period (IEP).…

NAHC Supports New Bill to Speed Benefits to Disabled Americans

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly supports new bipartisan legislation in Congress to drastically reduce the amount of time disabled Americans must wait before they receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration and Medicare. Currently, disabled Americans eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is financed by employee/employer payroll…

Congress Debates Bill to Automate Prior Authorization in Medicare Advantage Plans

Recently the House of Representatives’ Small Business Committee convened for a hearing on utilization management and barriers to care in small medical practices. In particular this hearing focused on the application of prior authorization within Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and the associated challenges faced by patients and providers of services due to prior authorization requirements.…

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…