White House Proclamation on Immigrants Could Limit Home Care Workforce

On Friday, October 4th, President Trump issued a Proclamation outlining new guidance for the handling of immigrant visa applications. Starting November 3, 2019 the new requirement will mandate that immigrant visa applications be rejected if the government determines the immigrant in question will not be able to afford health insurance or cover the cost of their…

Executive Order Provides Limited Detail but Presages Policies to Advance Medicare Advantage, Other Changes

On October 3, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) on “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors” expressing disapproval of efforts by some in Congress to encourage “Medicare for All” policies and, instead, to promote health initiatives endorsed by the Administration.  While the EO does not, of itself, directly change any existing…

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…

3 Federal Departments Endorse Site-Neutral Payment, Lifting Regulations

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury endorsed site-neutral payment and lifting three regulations that limit competition in health care in a new report issued on December 3, 2018. The report, Reforming America’s Healthcare System through Choice and Competition, is in response to an executive order from President Donald Trump calling for…

Trump Signs EVV Delay into Law

President Donald J. Trump on Monday evening signed into law H.R. 6042, a bipartisan bill which passed Congress in July, allowing states to delay electronic visit verification in Medicaid-reimbursed care services for one year. Congress mandated electronic visit verification (EVV), to begin in January 2019, as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, in order to…

Omnibus Spending Bill Has New Money for HHS, Opioid Treatment

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that includes a $10 billion increase in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services and an additional $3.6 billion for treatment of opioid addiction and mental health services. Despite hinting at a veto, President Trump announced at a 1:00…

Policy Veers toward Expansion of Telehealth

A recent decision by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and moves by the Administration and leaders in Congress point to a future expansion in the use of telehealth, an important development for the home care community. Telehealth is the expansion of health care and education using telecommunication technologies to deliver virtual medical and education…