House of Representatives Passes NAHC-supported Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic

The House of Representatives passed 25 bills on Tuesday, June 12, to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic, including legislation like H.R. 5041, strongly supported by NAHC, which would enable hospices to keep potentially dangerous painkillers out of the hands of people who might sell or otherwise abuse them. The latest figures from the Centers for…

House of Representatives Coalescing Around Package of Opioid Proposals

–Floor action expected in mid-June As the opioid epidemic continues to damage families and communities across the United States, Congress is advancing a variety of legislative options to curb abuse and provide care options for addicted individuals. Proposals address a wide array of concerns, including; stemming the flow of illegal opioids into the country, expanding…

Update on Efforts to Curb Opioid Abuse and Impact on Hospice, Palliative Care

The increasing recognition that abuse of opioids and other controlled substances is growing at epic proportions has prompted policymakers at the state and – more recently — federal levels to explore a wide variety of options for addressing this crisis.  The Trump Administration and multiple Congressional committees have ongoing initiatives in this important subject area. …

Fight Opioid Epidemic with Legislation NAHC Helped to Write, Congressional Panel is Told

Legislation and testimony crafted with the critical assistance of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) took center stage during a Wednesday afternoon hearing on combating the opioid crisis in the House Subcommittee on Health, a part of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The hearing, entitled “Combating the Opioid Crisis: Helping Communities…

NAHC Supports Bill to Permit Disposal of Unused Hospice Meds in the Home

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has written a letter to Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI-7) to support his introduction of H.R. 5041, the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, bipartisan legislation to permit safe disposal of unused hospice medication in the home by qualified personnel. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) and Richard Hudson…