NAHC Policy Win: Short-Term Extension of Key Medicaid Programs Passes Congress

The United States Senate joined the House of Representatives in overwhelmingly approving a short-term extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Program and the spousal impoverishment protections under Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS). The Senate voted to approve the extensions on April 2, 2019; just a few days after the House approved the…

House of Representatives Approves Short-Term Extension of Key Medicaid Programs

On Monday, March 25th the House of Representatives approved H.R.1839, the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019, another short-term extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person program, and an extension of the spousal impoverishment protections under Medicaid home and community based services (HCBS). As detailed in the NAHC Report, the Money Follows…

Key Legislation Introduced to Help Elderly and Disabled Remain in their Homes

Two pieces of bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for the elderly and disabled to receive health care in their homes and to protect against financial catastrophe have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. The EMPOWER (“Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care) Act (S. 548…

Another Policy Win – Medicaid Extenders Act Signed into Law

NAHC advocated for passage of Medicaid Extenders Act The Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019 (H.R. 259) passed the House of Representatives by voice vote (see this NAHC Report) earlier this month, then passed the U.S. Senate on January 17, and now has been signed into law by President Trump, giving the home care community and…

House of Reps Passes Key Legislation Allowing Elderly to Remain in their Homes

NAHC advocated for passage of Medicaid Extenders Act The U.S. House of Representatives passed (H.R. 259) the Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019 by voice vote, giving the home care community and NAHC advocacy a key win early in the new year. Money Follows the Person Extension The Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019, sponsored by Rep.…

NAHC Urges Congress to Support Legislation to Move People to HCBS

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a coalition of like-minded organizations in calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act (“Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care Act”) (S. 2227/H.R. 5306), which would extend and improve the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing demonstration program.…

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

On Tuesday, December 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation reauthorizing two Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) programs and established a new Medicaid program designed to move pediatric patients with medically complex conditions from institutional settings into community settings. Titled the Improving Medicaid Programs and Opportunities for Eligible Beneficiaries (IMPROVE) Act (H.R.…

Money Follows the Person Demonstration Gets a Boost in House of Representatives

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration, a program that allows elderly and disabled patients to move from institutional care to home-and-community-based services (HCBS), got a shot in the arm on Friday, March 16, with the introduction of the EMPOWER and Care Act, which would reauthorize and expand the MFP Demonstration. The Money Follows the…

NAHC Urges Congress to Support Money Follows the Person Demonstration

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with like-minded organizations in writing a letter to key members of the U.S. Senate, urging them to support legislation to extend the Money Follows the Person Demonstration. The letter, sent to Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), the Senate Finance Committee chair…