The Home Care Community Must Rally to Support the Choose Home Care Act

The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 is a landmark piece of legislation for the home care community. If enacted, it would enable eligible Medicare patients to receive extended care services as an add-on to the existing Medicare Home Health benefit for 30 days post-discharge. This legislation would help seriously ill individuals recover safely at home, increasing patient and family satisfaction as well as significantly reducing the risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and other infectious diseases.

The Choose Home model also promotes significant Medicare savings—up to an estimated $247 million annually— by offering nursing home level services in the home setting instead of in a skilled nursing facility or other institutional settings.

Further, recent polling data from Morning Consult show strong support for post-hospital care in the home with 94% of Medicare-aged respondents saying they would prefer health care at home to a nursing home. In the same poll, 86% of respondents expressed support for the Choose Home legislation, including 92% of Democrat respondents and 83% of Republican respondents.

First introduced in the U.S. Senate (S.2562) in July by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN), a companion bill in the House was introduced last Friday, October 8, a companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives. It is vitally important that the entire home care community rally to support this legislation. NAHC advocates have been working for months to build support for this legislation, but now we need your help to get the bill passed by Congress and signed into law.

GO HERE to tell your Senators and your member of the House to vote for the Choose Home Care Act of 2021. It literally takes you only seconds to send a powerful message to your specific elected representatives.

“Since being introduced in the Senate, Choose Home has received an outpouring of support from America’s home health community as well as consumer and patient advocates alike, which we believe demonstrates how important it is to increase access to safe, cost-effective care at home for Medicare beneficiaries after hospitalization. We commend Reps. Cuellar and Comer for their leadership on issues impacting the delivery of home care and are excited to see this bill introduced in the U.S. House,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi, Esq.

The bill is supported by AARP, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, Leading Age, Allies for Independence, the National Council on Aging, Moving Health Home, the Council of State Home Care & Hospice Associations, and the Forum of State Associations.

The House companion bill sponsored by Representatives Dwight Evans (D-PA), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), Brenden Boyle (D-PA), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Paul Tonko (D-NY).

Congressional Activity Reflects Strong Interest in Palliative Care

A series of bicameral and bipartisan actions in Congress in recent weeks has signalled strong support for the expansion and strengthening of palliative care in the United States. As the population ages and more people live longer with greater disability and disease, policymakers are increasingly motivated to build out the palliative care infrastructure so that…

The Home Care Community Must Rally to Support the Choose Home Care Act

Tell your members of Congress to support the Choose Home Care Act of 2021! The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 is a landmark piece of legislation for the home care community. If enacted, it would enable eligible Medicare patients to receive extended care services as an add-on to the existing Medicare Home Health benefit for…

NAHC Backyard Advocacy: Home Care & Hospice Voices, United as One

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into the water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” – Dalai Lama

As Summer fades into Autumn, we invite you to help us close out this year’s annual Backyard Bash for Advocacy with our voices united in support of the home care and hospice communities.

Our representatives in Washington need to hear about the value of home-based care and services from the people who know it best – patients, families, and providers like you. NAHC is advocating on behalf of home care and hospice every day, but nothing has a greater impact than having the voices of the home care community united and amplified in sharing with Congress what needs to be done to provide the best possible care in the home for our nation’s most vulnerable patients.

We ask you to take a few moments this week to visit our Legislative Action Center and reach out to your elected officials.

Take Action Now!

Ask them to support us as we work to provide care and support individuals, young and old, helping them to live full, independent, and connected lives in the comfort and safety of wherever they choose to call home.

You are the Heartbeat of our industry and can be a dynamic catalyst for change.

On behalf of the entire NAHC staff, we thank you for your commitment to the home care and hospice communities and your continued advocacy efforts to ensure every American has access to quality home-based care and services today and in the future.

#AdvocacyInAction #NAHCHeartbeat #HomeCareFirst

Questions?

Emilie Bartolucci
heartbeat@nahc.org | 202-547- 7424

“Every Voice, Every Heart, Every Action”

Bipartisan Lawmakers in U.S. House Introduce Choose Home Care Act of 2021

  • Bill would expand home-based care options for Medicare beneficiaries
  • Strong endorsement of legislation from home health provider and patient advocacy communities

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives formally introduced the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 on Friday morning, legislation designed to increase access to home health care following hospitalization for eligible Medicare beneficiaries by offering a safe, high-quality post-acute option for nursing home level services in the home.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) today commend the introduction of the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and James Comer (R-KY).

The Choose Home Care Act was also introduced in the U.S. Senate (S.2562) in July by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Todd Young (R-IN). GO HERE to support the Senate version of this legislation. It literally takes you only seconds to send a powerful message to your specific elected representatives.

The House companion bill is also cosponsored by Representatives Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY).

“Since being introduced in the Senate, Choose Home has received an outpouring of support from America’s home health community as well as consumer and patient advocates alike, which we believe demonstrates how important it is to increase access to safe, cost-effective care at home for Medicare beneficiaries after hospitalization. We commend Reps. Cuellar and Comer for their leadership on issues impacting the delivery of home care and are excited to see this bill introduced in the U.S. House,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi, Esq.

The bill is supported by AARP, Leading Age, Allies for Independence, the National Council on Aging, Moving Health Home, the Council of State Home Care & Hospice Associations, and the Forum of State Associations.

If enacted, the Choose Home Care Act would enable eligible Medicare patients to receive extended care services as an add-on to the existing Medicare Home Health benefit for 30 days post-discharge. This legislation would help seriously ill individuals recover safely at home, increasing patient and family satisfaction as well as significantly reducing the risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and other infectious diseases. The Choose Home model also promotes significant Medicare savings—up to an estimated $247 million annually— by offering nursing home level services in the home setting instead of in a skilled nursing facility or other institutional settings.

Further, recent polling data from Morning Consult show strong support for post-hospital care in the home with 94% of Medicare-aged respondents saying they would prefer health care at home to a nursing home. In the same poll, 86% of respondents expressed support for the Choose Home legislation, including 92% of Democrat respondents and 83% of Republican respondents.

PQHH Executive Director Joanne Cunningham also thanked the House sponsors and cosponsors for their leadership in advancing this legislation in the U.S. House. “We applaud Representatives Cuellar and Comer, and all the original co-sponsors, for recognizing the value of home health and the importance of advancing legislation to increase seniors’ care options after hospitalization. With their support, we are hopeful we will see the Choose Home Care Act enacted this year in order to help us better protect our nation’s vulnerable aging and sick populations while also modernizing the Medicare Home Health Benefit,” she said.

Bipartisan Lawmakers in U.S. House Introduce Choose Home Care Act of 2021

Bill would expand home-based care options for Medicare beneficiaries Strong endorsement of legislation from home health provider and patient advocacy communities A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives formally introduced the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 on Friday morning, legislation designed to increase access to home health care following hospitalization for…

NAHC Backyard Advocacy: Home Care & Hospice Voices, United as One

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into the water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” – Dalai Lama As Summer fades into Autumn, we invite you to help us close out this year’s annual Backyard Bash for Advocacy with our voices united in support of the home care and hospice…

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy: Postcards for Home Care

There’s only two weeks left of the NAHC Backyard Advocacy Campaign, and we need your Voices, Hearts, and Action!

This week, as part of our Summer Backyard Advocacy efforts, NAHC is challenging you utilize the postal system and send a postcard to your elected officials’ home offices asking them to show their support for our key legislative priorities. Our caregivers are out on the front lines providing quality care and services to some of our nation’s most vulnerable and we need Congress to ensure the home care and hospice communities have all the support they need to continue to meet the growing demand for care delivered in the home.

NAHC has developed a Resource Guide to assist you in your efforts: POSTCARDS FOR HOME CARE

The resource guide contains easy sample messages for you to use, or you can use a message of your own.

While email and social media offer us the speed of connection and instant gratification that the antiquated mail system never can — the nostalgia of running out to the mailbox to see what’s inside is back. And, with our congressional representatives also at home in their home districts, now is a fantastic time to leverage this whimsy created through the postal system for advocacy on behalf of the home care and hospice communities.

Not ready to send a postcard?

You can also simply visit the NAHC Legislative Action Center and choose to contact your congressional representative(s) with just a few clicks: ADVOCATE NOW!

Together, we can ensure the home care and hospice communities have the support, resources, and protections they need to care for the nation’s most vulnerable during the public health emergency and beyond!

On behalf of the entire NAHC staff, we thank you for your commitment to the home care and hospice communities and your continued advocacy efforts to ensure every American has access to quality home-based care and services today and in the future.

#AdvocacyInAction #NAHCHeartbeat #HomeCareFirst

Questions?

Emilie Bartolucci
heartbeat@nahc.org | 202-547- 7424

“Every Voice, Every Heart, Every Action”

NAHC Summer Backyard Advocacy: Postcards for Home Care

There’s only two weeks left of the NAHC Backyard Advocacy Campaign, and we need your Voices, Hearts, and Action! This week, as part of our Summer Backyard Advocacy efforts, NAHC is challenging you utilize the postal system and send a postcard to your elected officials’ home offices asking them to show their support for our…

NAHC Backyard Advocacy: Share Your Story

Welcome to week 6 of NAHC’s Advocacy campaign. Congress is headed back to Washington, D.C. this week to debate some key legislation and this week as part of our summer backyard advocacy campaign we are asking to stretch your story telling muscles and share your home care story with your representatives.

Legislators, and regulators, are real life people just like you. Sharing your story can help them better understand the importance of home health care and hospice services and connects them directly with the challenges facing you as patients and families today in accessing quality care and services.

Story telling is an inherent to our human nature and one the most compelling tools we have in our advocacy arsenal. We invite you to join in on our summer advocacy efforts and to share your personal story and experience with your elected officials.

Your story can help bring issues facing the home care and hospice community to the forefront of the health care debate and be a catalyst to getting our most important legislative priorities over the finish line and passed into law.

To learn more about how to share your story visit our Resource Guide.

Helpful tips to Remember:

  1. Be authentic and tell your story from the heart — your story is very personal and should be a direct reflection of your experience. There is no one “right” way to tell your story.
  2. Keep it short and sweet. Tthe clearer and more concise you can be, the easier it is for your elected official to connect with what you are saying AND remember it later.
  3. Connect your story with the issues. Your story is uniquely yours alone, but how it connects with current legislative issues is important to help your elected official connect real-life with the bills they are contemplating to support.

Not ready to share your personal story?

That’s OK! Feel free to utilize our Legislative Action Center to support one of our key legislative priorities with just a few clicks of your mouse.

  1.  Visit the NAHC Legislative Action Center
  2. TAKE ACTION!
  3. Then, forward the link to ONE other person and ask them to do the same. 

Together, we can ensure the home care and hospice communities have the support, resources, and protections they need to care for the nation’s most vulnerable during the public health emergency and beyond!

Every Voice, Every Heart, Every Action

#HomeCareFirst #NAHCHeartbeat