NAHC to Congress: Make Spousal Impoverishment Protection and Money Follows the Person Program Permanent

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge leaders in both houses of Congress to pass the permanent extension of the Money Follows the Person Program (MFP) and Spousal Impoverishment Protections included in the bipartisan Drug Pricing Reduction and Health and Human Services Improvement Act…

Legislation to Extend Key Home Care Programs Proposed in Senate

Bipartisan leadership of the Senate Finance Committee has announced proposed legislation providing for the extension of several programs within Medicare and Medicaid. Commonly referred to as an “extenders package” the legislation provides for the continuation of programs that are currently on track to exhaust their current funding allocation. Notable to home care and hospice providers…

The Year in Review: Home Health and Hospice in Congress in 2019

Congress Actively Pursued Key Home Health and Hospice Concerns NAHC scored some big victories for patients and providers While 2019 was frequently marked by intense partisan wrangling in Congress, a year-end review by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) shows that elected officials still found time to pursue a number of issues…

NAHC Tells Congress to Reject Deep Cuts to Health Care Spending

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded health care organizations in urging the United States Senate to reject the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act, legislation that could result in deep spending cuts to health care programs that are vital to the well-being of hundreds of millions of…

House Approves Health Workplace Violence Prevention Legislation

Last week the House of Representatives passed legislation extending employee protections against violence in the workplace. Introduced as the Workplace Violence Prevention for Heath Care and Social Service Workers Act, H.R. 1309, by Rep. Joe Courtney, the vote passed with a tally of 251 in favor and 158 opposed. In introducing the bill, Rep. Courtney…

NAHC Submits Recommendations for Improved Care to Rural, Underserved to Congress

In mid-November, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) announced a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input to inform the Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force as it works to develop bipartisan legislation to improve health care outcomes within underserved communities.  The RFI includes 10 questions designed to elicit recommendations…

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…