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…

New Legislation to Vastly Improve PDGM Introduced in Senate

Bipartisan legislation (S. 433) has been introduced in the United States Senate to improve home health payment reforms to ensure beneficiary access to quality care services is not compromised for America’s growing senior population. Introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Doug Jones (D-AL) and…

NAHC Honors the Late Rep. Walter Jones, a Champion of Home Care and Hospice

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC-3) passed away in hospice care on his 76th birthday on February 11, 2019, and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) mourns a good friend of the home health and hospice community, as well as its millions of patients. First elected to the North Carolina legislature in 1983 and…

Another Policy Win – Medicaid Extenders Act Signed into Law

NAHC advocated for passage of Medicaid Extenders Act The Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019 (H.R. 259) passed the House of Representatives by voice vote (see this NAHC Report) earlier this month, then passed the U.S. Senate on January 17, and now has been signed into law by President Trump, giving the home care community and…

NAHC Supports Legislation to Boost Palliative Care, Education

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations in sending a letter to Congress announcing our enthusiastic support for the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), introduced in the House of Representatives last week as H.R. 647. This bipartisan legislation will make a difference…

Dems, GOP Announce Members for House and Senate Committees Critical to Home Care and Hospice

With the 116th Congress off and running, parties on both sides of the aisle have been announcing what members of their party will sit on the various Congressional committees. Of interest to home care and hospice providers are the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.…

House of Reps Passes Key Legislation Allowing Elderly to Remain in their Homes

NAHC advocated for passage of Medicaid Extenders Act The U.S. House of Representatives passed (H.R. 259) the Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019 by voice vote, giving the home care community and NAHC advocacy a key win early in the new year. Money Follows the Person Extension The Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019, sponsored by Rep.…