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…

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.…

Senate Approves Key Bill to Extend Money Follows the Person, Spousal Impoverishment Protection

On Thursday, July 24, the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent an extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, as well as protections against spousal impoverishment for recipients of home and community based services (HCBS). The extension provides funding through the end of the calendar year. This is the latest in…

Home Care and Hospice Capitol Hill Update

Recently two key committees in the House of Representatives took Congressional action on legislation important to home care and hospice providers. The Energy and Commerce committee held a hearing on the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act, while the Ways and Means Committee held a mark-up on the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act.…

Members of Congress Ask CMS to Stop Home Health Cuts Based on Behavioral Assumptions

GO HERE to stop home health payment cuts! A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives, including Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL-7) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16), have written to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to ask her to…

House Approves Labor-HHS Spending Blueprint for FY2020

Last week the House of Representatives approved legislation that provides discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, H.R. 2740 would dole out a combined $192 billion for the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education, and their related agencies. Every year in the appropriations process specific funding levels need to…

NAHC Announces 2019 National Backyard Advocacy Bash July 1-2, 2019

On July 1st-2nd,  your elected officials will be in their local home offices, right in your own backyard, for the congressional recess, and we want you to drop by and show your support for home-based care and services for the first ever NAHC Annual Backyard Advocacy Bash! Advocacy starts at home with you, your staff,…

Measures to Enhance Home Care and Prevent Spousal Impoverishment Advance in Congress

Late Tuesday night the House of Representatives passed H.R.3253, the Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access, and Strengthening Accountability Act. This legislation extends the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, as well as spousal impoverishment protections for four and a half years. The bill was led by Representatives Dingell (D-MI), Guthrie (R-KY), Pallone (D-NJ), Walden (R-OR),…

Grassroots Advocacy Urgent Call to Action!

Show your support for 433/H.R. 2573 We need you to take Action! It’s easy and takes less than 30 seconds CLICK HERE to add your voice and help make some noise on the Hill urging your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to co-sponsor and support the Home Health Payment Innovation Act S. 433 /H.R. 2573…