Nurses Week 2020: Hospice Nurses are Angels of Mercy

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) loves nurses. We have nurses working here at NAHC HQ (Executive VP Andrea Devoti and Vice President for Regulatory Affairs Mary Carr) and nurses have been central to our mission from the very beginning. Our conferences are full of nurses every year and we count many…

For 6 Hospice Nurses in Maine, the Job is All in the Family

An old woman in hospice has a last request – she wants to see the shore one more time. Her hospice nurse makes arrangements for it to happen, but on the day of the visit, the patient is too weak to make the trip. Instead, the patient’s hospice nurse and her team videotape scenes at…

A Hospice Visit in Maine

A special report in honor of Home Care & Hospice Month Being a patient or the loved one of a patient can be frightening for anyone in the health care system, but a special mystery and, for some, dread, surrounds hospice. Humans fear death and for many, hospice is closely associated with death. Enter the…

ACA Medicaid Expansion Spreads, So Do Work Requirements

Several states that have been firmly against Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act are now reconsidering that position, after elections last year brought a very different state legislature in Virginia and expansion advocates have had success gathering support in two conservative western states. Virginia’s last two governors, incumbent Ralph Northam and his predecessor, Terry…

Will Maine Tax High-Earners to Fund Home Care?

It is becoming increasingly likely that residents of Maine will have the chance to vote in November on a ballot initiative to provide home care for every elderly and disabled person in the state who needs the service. The progressive Maine People’s Alliance, one of the leaders of the successful voter campaign to expand Medicaid…

Will Universal Home Care be on the Ballot in Maine?

A progressive advocacy group, the Maine People’s Alliance, says it has gathered enough signatures in support of a proposal that would greatly expand in-home care for seniors and the disabled, as well as boost pay for those providing the care. The Maine People’s Alliance, one of the leaders of the successful voter campaign to expand…