NAHC to Senate: More Support for Medicaid and Home-Based Services

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice have joined several other organizations in urging Senate leaders to protect and bolster access to care and delivery systems that disabled and older Americans rely on. With the aging and disability communities facing unique risks of COVID-19 infection, additional resources and supports are necessary for their protection.…

NAHC to Congress: Make Spousal Impoverishment Protection and Money Follows the Person Program Permanent

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge leaders in both houses of Congress to pass the permanent extension of the Money Follows the Person Program (MFP) and Spousal Impoverishment Protections included in the bipartisan Drug Pricing Reduction and Health and Human Services Improvement Act…

Legislation to Extend Key Home Care Programs Proposed in Senate

Bipartisan leadership of the Senate Finance Committee has announced proposed legislation providing for the extension of several programs within Medicare and Medicaid. Commonly referred to as an “extenders package” the legislation provides for the continuation of programs that are currently on track to exhaust their current funding allocation. Notable to home care and hospice providers…

The Year in Review: Home Health and Hospice in Congress in 2019

Congress Actively Pursued Key Home Health and Hospice Concerns NAHC scored some big victories for patients and providers While 2019 was frequently marked by intense partisan wrangling in Congress, a year-end review by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) shows that elected officials still found time to pursue a number of issues…

NAHC Urges Congress to Extend Key Legislation for Home Care Patients

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge Congress pass a long-term extension of the Money Follows the Person Program (MFP). While we have appreciated the short-term extensions passed this Congress, a long-term extension of five years — the length of time included in the…

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…

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),…

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…