Pressure for ‘targeted’ coronavirus relief bill grows as time dwindles

  • Some top Democrats say a smaller package would be better than nothing

House lawmakers left Washington on Friday for Thanksgiving recess with no sign of progress on a new coronavirus relief package.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and President-elect Joe Biden were meeting in Wilmington, Del., later Friday to talk about their agenda. Publicly, their position has been that Republicans ought to drop their opposition to a $2 trillion-plus aid bill in the lame-duck session.

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NAHC, Big Health Care Orgs Urge Congress to Extend Relief from 2% Sequester Spending Cuts

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), as well as the American Hospital Association, the American Health Care Association, and the American Medical Association have written to top congressional leaders, urging them to extend the congressionally enacted moratorium on the application of the Medicare sequester cuts into 2021 and through the duration of…

Federal Short-Term Spending Measure Contains Good News for Home Care & Hospice

On Wednesday September 30, the United States Senate approved a Continuing Resolution (CR), a short-term funding measure, averting a shutdown and providing government funding into December, and several provisions in the CR are helpful for home care and hospice. Key among these is relaxations on how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is to…

CMS Makes Changes to the Review Choice Demonstration

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a phased-in approach for the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for North Carolina and Florida. Both of these states were set to have RCD begin at the end of this month (See previous NAHC Report coverage here and here.)  CMS also posted a change to the…

House of Reps Votes to Fund Key Home Care and Hospice Programs

The House of Representatives completed their work on Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), allocating $96 billion to HHS for FY21. This funding is separate from the Medicare and Medicaid programs as those are considered mandatory spending and not subject to the annual appropriations process. Following is a summary…

Florida Reps Urge CMS to Delay Review Choice Demonstration in Florida

A trio of Representatives from Florida have sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concerns with the decision to move forward with the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) program in Florida. In March, due to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic, CMS announced that the RCD program would be paused from expansion…

Senators Introduce Hospice Respite Relief Legislation to Ease Access during Pandemic

On August 4, 2020, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W) introduced the COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief Act of 2020 (S. 4423), designed to establish additional flexibilities related to delivery of respite care services during public health emergencies (PHEs) such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the legislation provides the Secretary of…

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate to Include HCBS in COVID-19 Relief Legislation!

On Tuesday August 4th TAKE ACTION! Tell the U.S. Senate to Include Home and Community Based Services in COVID-19 Relief Bills! #WeAreEssential Now, more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, home-based care and community services (HBCS) have come to the forefront as a way to keep those at the highest risk for the virus at home while receiving the care they need under the watchful eye of…

House Approps Cmte Approves New Funding for Home Care Services

The House of Representatives’ Appropriations Commttee approved $96 billion in discretionary federal spending for fiscal year 2021, including key funds for home and community-based services, family caregiving, and respite care. The approved funds relevant to care in the home include: Home and Community Based Services: $400 million ($10 million increase from FY2020) – This program…

Home Care Thanks Senator Susan Collins

Very few public servants have done as much for home care and the millions of people who depend on it and provide it than Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Senator Collins has been a tireless advocate for the rights of all Americans to enjoy quality health care in the home, putting her in the vanguard…