Members of Congress Push for More HCBS Funding

With the next COVID-19 relief package currently under development and possibly coming with a significant price tag, upwards of $1.9 trillion as requested by the Biden administration, many elected officials and stakeholder groups are proposing increased funding to Medicaid home and community based services (HCBS). Similar proposals have been made in earlier versions of COVID-19…

NAHC Urges White House, Congressional Action on Palliative Care Priorities for 2021

The National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care, of which the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a member, recently submitted a comprehensive set of legislative and regulatory recommendations to the Biden Administration and to key leaders of the 117th Congress.  The recommendations lay out the policy agenda that the Coalition intends…

NAHC to Congress: Minimum Wage Hikes Must Not Outpace Reimbursement Rates

On February 9th, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice sent a letter to leaders in Congress of both parties, outlining recommendations as legislators consider an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Twenty-eight state home care and hospice associations joined NAHC in signing the letter. An increase to the federal minimum…

NAHC Analysis: Impact of COVID Relief and Spending Bill on Home Care and Hospice

President Donald J. Trump signed legislation in late December to fund U.S. federal government operations through the 2021 Fiscal Year and provide $900 billion of stimulus supports to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. NAHC offers the following summary of the over 5600 page legislation. Generally, we confine our summary to those provisions that…

A Look Ahead: Home Care and Hospice Advocacy in 2021

With the 2020 elections well in the rear-view and the seating of the new Congress and the inauguration of the 46th President fast approaching, our nation’s Capital is gearing up for what is increasingly looking like an active 2021. Traditionally, a new administration views the first 100 days of their taking office as the window…

NAHC to Congress: Fund the Lifespan Respite Care Program

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with other likeminded organizations to write to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Appropriations Committees in the Senate and House of Representatives to urge Congress to fully fund Lifespan Respite Care Program, administered by the Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living. For more…

NAHC Supports New Legislation to Extend Medicare Sequestration Moratorium During COVID Crisis

Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives would provide for an extension of the Medicare sequestration moratoria. With the end of 2020 fast approaching, and thus the end of the CARES Act mandated sequestration moratoria, providers across many Medicare sectors remain financially unsteady and in need of further relief. With the introduction of the Medicare Sequester…

House Approves Hospice Survey Reforms to Increase Survey Frequency, Expand Remedies

On December 8, as part of the year-end legislative push, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification Act of 2019 (BENES Act) to address negative findings by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding survey performance by Medicare-certified hospice providers. The BENES Act incorporates the…

Compassionate Care Act Would Promote Advanced Care Planning

On December 2, 2020, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced the Compassionate Care Act (S. 4945) to promote advance care planning and enhance end-of-life care. The legisltion provides for the creation of an infrastructure providing federal support for education of patients and providers, development of core end-of-life quality measures, and expansion of access to advance care…

NAHC to Congress: Support Home & Community Services in New COVID Relief

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with other likeminded organizations to urgently ask Congress to consider the overlooked needs of the disabled and elderly when considering any upcoming COVID relief. None of the legislation that Congress has ultimately passed has included any dedicated funding  the for Home and Community-Based Services…