NAHC to Senate: Make Telehealth Access Permanent

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice has joined other health care stakeholders in writing a letter to leaders in both parties in the United States Senate, urging them to make permanent the current telehealth flexibilties created to deal with the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Expanded access to telehealth durng the PHE has…

Palliative & Hospice Workforce Development Legislation Re-Introduced in the Senate

On Thursday, May 19th, US Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV) reintroduced the Palliative Care & Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (S.4260) (Bill text HERE; 1-pager HERE). Long a priority for NAHC and the broader end-of-life and serious illness care community, PCHETA would authorize funding for major investments to build, support, and…

Senate Bill Aims to Speed Process of Prior Authorization for Medicare Advantage

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the United States Senate would ease, standardize, and speed the process of prior authorization in Medicare Advantage plans. The Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act, would automate the prior authorization process in Medicare Advantage plans through electronic submission of prior authorization requests with real-time determinations by the MA plans. The legislation…

NAHC to Congress: Fund Vital HCBS Programs in Reconciliation Package

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and a group of other leading health care and aging organizations is urging Congress to support legislation to help elderly Americans maintain their health, well-being, and independence.

As with many previous efforts, NAHC has collaborated with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) on aligning priority issues in supporting these shared proposals. Specifically, NAHC/LCAO urged Senators and Representatives to include provisions vital to building a sustaining robust home and community-based services in the reconciliation package under development in Congress.

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

The COVID-19 pandemic has further demonstrated the desire among patients to receive care in the home and highlighted the significant shortcomings of the Medicaid HCBS program as currently conducted. Chief among theses shortcomings is continued underfunding, a less than robust set of benefits provided, and shortage of caregivers. The letter acknowledges the $190 billion included in the most recent House draft of the legislation while pointing out that it is far lower than the $400 billion President Biden originally called for. LCAO urges Congress to make the highest possible investment in HCBS.

Direct Care Workforce

The letter lays out support for the nearly $1.5 billion in grants for the development of the direct care workforce. These grants would go towards recruitment, education, training, retention, and career advancement. Many direct care workers live near or below the federal poverty limit yet provide services that provide invaluable services enabling others to continue lives of independence. Workforce shortages were present prior to the pandemic and have only been exacerbated since. Government intervention will be necessary to support and bolster this crucial segment of the workforce.

Older Americans Act

The current House of Representatives language calls for $1.3 billion in funding to be directed towards Older Americans Act programs such as home care, transportation, meal delivery, and caregiver support.

Family Caregiver Tax Credit

The House draft includes a scaled down version of the NAHC supported Credit for Caring Act. As drafted, a family caregiver would be eligible for tax credit capped at $2,000 for expenses related to their caregiving, subject to an income limit of $75,000.

NAHC will continue to advocate on these issues and push for more robust funding. Negotiations on Capitol Hill are ongoing, but party leaders hope to have an agreement on a topline number for the final package as well as broad outline for policies included by the end of October, with a vote on the final package by the end of November or December at the latest.

NAHC to Congress: Fund Vital HCBS Programs in Reconciliation Package

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and a group of other leading health care and aging organizations is urging Congress to support legislation to help elderly Americans maintain their health, well-being, and independence. As with many previous efforts, NAHC has collaborated with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) on aligning priority…

Fight to Expand Access to Home Care

  • GO HERE to tell Congress to support Choose Home Care Act of 2021

Home care has long been a safe and effective alternative to care in an institutional setting. Medicare reform to provide viable, extended care services at home for patients who otherwise have only one choice, the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) benefit, is long overdue.

The risks and limitations of SNFs has been vividly demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the pandemic crisis, extended care at home also makes sense. Nearly 33% of patients who go to SNFs have identical frailty scores to those who receive care at home. The main difference in these patients is that they lack access to extended caregiver services and certain other supplemental health care supports.

The Choose Home Care Act of 2021, S. 2562, is a cost-effective and patient preferred home-based extended care benefit as a supplement to the existing home health benefit that supports patients to leave the hospital and recover at home with a mix of expanded skilled nursing, therapy, personal care, telehealth services and more. Eligible patients can choose to recover at home in a safe home environment with sufficient care tailored to meet their individual needs and reduced Medicare spending.

(Read this NAHC Report article for more information on the Choose Home Care Act of 2021.)

The Choose Home Care Act represents a tremendous step forward for Medicare beneficiaries who would prefer to recover at home, but have been previously prevented from doing so under current policy restrictions,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi. “Given the many benefits of accessing healthcare and support services at home, as well as the importance of protecting vulnerable patients from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, this must-pass legislation would go a long way to improve seniors’ health in a safe, cost-effective way.”

NAHC has been working hard to get this legislation introduced and we will be working just as hard to see it turned into law. However, we could use your help. The action of concerned Americans making their voice heard on Capitol Hill is powerful and it is both easy and quick. Just a few clicks of your mouse and you’ve sent a message to your elected representatives in Congress. Please do so now!

Fight to Expand Access to Home Care

  • GO HERE to tell Congress to support Choose Home Care Act of 2021

Home care has long been a safe and effective alternative to care in an institutional setting. Medicare reform to provide viable, extended care services at home for patients who otherwise have only one choice, the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) benefit, is long overdue.

The risks and limitations of SNFs has been vividly demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the pandemic crisis, extended care at home also makes sense. Nearly 33% of patients who go to SNFs have identical frailty scores to those who receive care at home. The main difference in these patients is that they lack access to extended caregiver services and certain other supplemental health care supports.

The Choose Home Care Act of 2021, S. 2562, is a cost-effective and patient preferred home-based extended care benefit as a supplement to the existing home health benefit that supports patients to leave the hospital and recover at home with a mix of expanded skilled nursing, therapy, personal care, telehealth services and more. Eligible patients can choose to recover at home in a safe home environment with sufficient care tailored to meet their individual needs and reduced Medicare spending.

(Read this NAHC Report article for more information on the Choose Home Care Act of 2021.)

The Choose Home Care Act represents a tremendous step forward for Medicare beneficiaries who would prefer to recover at home, but have been previously prevented from doing so under current policy restrictions,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi. “Given the many benefits of accessing healthcare and support services at home, as well as the importance of protecting vulnerable patients from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, this must-pass legislation would go a long way to improve seniors’ health in a safe, cost-effective way.”

NAHC has been working hard to get this legislation introduced and we will be working just as hard to see it turned into law. However, we could use your help. The action of concerned Americans making their voice heard on Capitol Hill is powerful and it is both easy and quick. Just a few clicks of your mouse and you’ve sent a message to your elected representatives in Congress. Please do so now!

Senate Approves Budget Reconciliation Guidelines

What this means for home care and hospice How you can help! Earlier this month, the United States Senate approved a $3.5 trillion budget resolution. This resolution will serve as the vehicle for the second part of President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ infrastructure investment, much of which intends to strengthen the social safety net. The…

Fight to Expand Access to Home Care

  • GO HERE to tell Congress to support Choose Home Care Act of 2021

Home care has long been a safe and effective alternative to care in an institutional setting. Medicare reform to provide viable, extended care services at home for patients who otherwise have only one choice, the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) benefit, is long overdue.

The risks and limitations of SNFs has been vividly demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the pandemic crisis, extended care at home also makes sense. Nearly 33% of patients who go to SNFs have identical frailty scores to those who receive care at home. The main difference in these patients is that they lack access to extended caregiver services and certain other supplemental health care supports.

The Choose Home Care Act of 2021, S. 2562, is a cost-effective and patient preferred home-based extended care benefit as a supplement to the existing home health benefit that supports patients to leave the hospital and recover at home with a mix of expanded skilled nursing, therapy, personal care, telehealth services and more. Eligible patients can choose to recover at home in a safe home environment with sufficient care tailored to meet their individual needs and reduced Medicare spending.

(Read this NAHC Report article for more information on the Choose Home Care Act of 2021.)

The Choose Home Care Act represents a tremendous step forward for Medicare beneficiaries who would prefer to recover at home, but have been previously prevented from doing so under current policy restrictions,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi. “Given the many benefits of accessing healthcare and support services at home, as well as the importance of protecting vulnerable patients from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, this must-pass legislation would go a long way to improve seniors’ health in a safe, cost-effective way.”

NAHC has been working hard to get this legislation introduced and we will be working just as hard to see it turned into law. However, we could use your help. The action of concerned Americans making their voice heard on Capitol Hill is powerful and it is both easy and quick. Just a few clicks of your mouse and you’ve sent a message to your elected representatives in Congress. Please do so now!

Fight to Expand Access to Home Care

  • GO HERE to tell Congress to support Choose Home Care Act of 2021

Home care has long been a safe and effective alternative to care in an institutional setting. Medicare reform to provide viable, extended care services at home for patients who otherwise have only one choice, the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) benefit, is long overdue.

The risks and limitations of SNFs has been vividly demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the pandemic crisis, extended care at home also makes sense. Nearly 33% of patients who go to SNFs have identical frailty scores to those who receive care at home. The main difference in these patients is that they lack access to extended caregiver services and certain other supplemental health care supports.

The Choose Home Care Act of 2021, S. 2562, is a cost-effective and patient preferred home-based extended care benefit as a supplement to the existing home health benefit that supports patients to leave the hospital and recover at home with a mix of expanded skilled nursing, therapy, personal care, telehealth services and more. Eligible patients can choose to recover at home in a safe home environment with sufficient care tailored to meet their individual needs and reduced Medicare spending.

(Read this NAHC Report article for more information on the Choose Home Care Act of 2021.)

The Choose Home Care Act represents a tremendous step forward for Medicare beneficiaries who would prefer to recover at home, but have been previously prevented from doing so under current policy restrictions,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi. “Given the many benefits of accessing healthcare and support services at home, as well as the importance of protecting vulnerable patients from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, this must-pass legislation would go a long way to improve seniors’ health in a safe, cost-effective way.”

NAHC has been working hard to get this legislation introduced and we will be working just as hard to see it turned into law. However, we could use your help. The action of concerned Americans making their voice heard on Capitol Hill is powerful and it is both easy and quick. Just a few clicks of your mouse and you’ve sent a message to your elected representatives in Congress. Please do so now!