Dems, GOP Announce Members for House and Senate Committees Critical to Home Care and Hospice

With the 116th Congress off and running, parties on both sides of the aisle have been announcing what members of their party will sit on the various Congressional committees. Of interest to home care and hospice providers are the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.…

Wave of Opioid Bills in Senate Will Impact Hospice

Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) have announced the introduction of the 22 opioid epidemic-related bills that fall under their committee’s jurisdiction. While not scheduled yet, the Finance Committee plans to hold a mark-up on these measures in the weeks ahead. As all these bills…

HHS Nominee Supports Advanced Care Planning, Mandatory Pilot Payment Programs

Alex Azar, the former pharmaceutical executive chosen by President Donald J. Trump to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services, told the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday that he supports mandatory new payment model testing and advanced care planning. Speaking to the Finance Committee during his confirmation hearing, Mr. Azar said mandatory pilot…

NAHC Asks Congress to Include Caregiver Tax Credit in New Tax Reform Bill

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations in sending a letter to Congress, asking members to support amendment 288, the Credit for Caring Act (S. 1151) and include this family caregiver tax credit in the final tax reform package currently before Congress. Family caregivers are the…