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…

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…

New Bill Would Permit Verbal Physician Order for Medicare Home Health during Emergency

NAHC supports effort to improve access to home health and stop virus transmission Support this bill with just a few clicks of your mouse. GO HERE! New legislation introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, May 22, would allow for verbal physician orders in lieu of signed and dated orders and certification for…

HEROES Act Passes the House, Addresses Many Pandemic-Related Concerns

On Friday, May 15th, the House of Representatives approved the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a piece of legislation designed to provide additional relief in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, enactment of the HEROES Act would result in an expenditure of an additional $3 trillion for further pandemic…

Home Care Stalwarts Casey, Dingell Introduce Bill to Protect Seniors, Disabled, Caregivers from Coronavirus

NAHC supports this legislation to protect home care workers and allow seniors to receive care in the home. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the ranking member on the Senate Select Committee on Aging, and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced legislation in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives to protect senior citizens, the…

NAHC Urges Congress to Support Legislation to Provide Respite to Caregivers

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge members of Congress to support the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act (S. 995), which would reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Care Program at $50 million over five years. Every day, millions of American families are faced with unexpected…

House Oversight Committee Questions VA, TPAs about Claims Backlog

NAHC’s Bill Dombi demands fair treatment for home care providers During a joint oversight hearing in the House of Representatives last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs and third party administrators (TPA) accepted blame for problems with the VA’s new Community Care program which have delayed much-needed care for many veterans and created administrative and…

Resolution Introduced to Re-Establish the Permanent Select Committee on Aging

U.S. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to re-establish the Permanent Select Committee on Aging, which was originally disbanded more than a quarter of a century ago. The resolution has been sent to the House Rules Committee for markup. The previous House Aging Committee, active from 1974 to…

House Panel Approves Hospice Survey Reform Legislation

On Wednesday, February 12, the House Ways & Means Committee gave formal consideration – and approval – to legislation introduced on February 10 designed to address concerns highlighted by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) during 2019. (See previous NAHC Report for more.) The Helping Our Senior Population in Comfort Environments Act (HOSPICE Act…

Congressional Leaders Introduce Revised Legislation to Address OIG Hospice Concerns

NAHC advocacy leads to important revision Key members of the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Tom Reed (R-NY), introduced legislation to address concerns regarding hospice compliance with quality and safety standards under the Hospice Conditions of Participation. (NAHC Report anticipated this less than one week ago.) The Helping Our Senior…