NAHC to Congress: Support Home & Community Services in New COVID Relief

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with other likeminded organizations to urgently ask Congress to consider the overlooked needs of the disabled and elderly when considering any upcoming COVID relief. None of the legislation that Congress has ultimately passed has included any dedicated funding  the for Home and Community-Based Services…

Federal Short-Term Spending Measure Contains Good News for Home Care & Hospice

On Wednesday September 30, the United States Senate approved a Continuing Resolution (CR), a short-term funding measure, averting a shutdown and providing government funding into December, and several provisions in the CR are helpful for home care and hospice. Key among these is relaxations on how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is to…

CMS Announces New Federal Funding to Support Transition from Nursing Homes to Community

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Wednesday, September 23, the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs in 33 states. This funding will help state Medicaid programs jump-start efforts to transition individuals with disabilities and older adults from…

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),…