NAHC: Home Care and Hospice Employees are Exempt Providers Under FFCRA

The US Department of Labor issued guidance over the weekend on standards and application of the extended sick and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave under the recent Covid-19 stimulus bills. The guidance addresses an important issue affecting home care and hospice companies. NAHC and others sought to have an exemption applicable to a “health care provider” to…

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…

Community-based Care Providers Need Priority for Protective Equipment

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and a coalition of groups devoted to promoting home-and-community-based care have written to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), asking for priority status in accessing personal protective equipment (PPE) to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 by continuing to treat patients in their…

NAHC Files Comments to Dept. of Labor on if Home Care Workers Eligible for Leave

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) argued on Monday, March 23, in comments to the Department of Labor that nurses, therapists, home health and home care aides, and other personal care attendants be classified as “health care providers” and, thus, not “eligible employees” and subject to exclusion in the Emergency Family and…

COVID-19 Congressional Action Update for March 23, 2020

Please check your inbox for COVID-19 Crisis Update, the new daily NAHC newsletter devoted to giving you a quick look at the most important coronavirus news affecting home care and hospice. It goes out free to all NAHC Report subscribers, starting Monday, March 23.  Over the weekend, the Senate Republicans unveiled their version of a…

President Signs Coronavirus Response Act with Emergency Paid Sick Leave

–Exemptions for Health Care Providers Require Revision to Cover Some Home Care, Hospice Personnel On Wednesday, March 18, President Donald J. Trump signed into law H.R. 6021 (P.L. 116-127), The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which expands access to Emergency Paid Sick Leave to as many as 87 million U.S. workers, and provides families with…

Mobilize Home Care and Hospice to Fight COVID-19

GO HERE to tell COngress to act now on these urgent, common-sense reforms to allow patients to remain in their homes and stop the spread of the virus With the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 across the nation there are important steps that should be taken to slow the spread, flatten the curve…

CMS Issues Regulatory Waivers in Response to COVID-19

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On January 31, 2020, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar declared a national public heath emergency. These  two declaration  permit the  Secretary of HHS to invoke the 1135 waiver authority for  certain federal  regulations  in order…

National Hospice Groups Seek Relief from Congress to Address COVID-19 Concerns

On Tuesday, March 17, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and other national hospice organizations wrote to key members of Congress urging action to address a wide range of concerns that hospice providers are experiencing in the wake of spread of the COVID-19 virus. While Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

Fight for Home Care and Hospice with the Power of One

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s annual advocacy day, known as the March on Washington (MOW) is quickly approaching on March 24th. In response to the expressed needs of our members and recently enacted limitations with in-personal congressional meetings; this year’s event will be conducted completely virtually! The Power of One- Putting Home…