Home Care Stalwarts Casey, Dingell Introduce Bill to Protect Seniors, Disabled, Caregivers from Coronavirus

NAHC supports this legislation to protect home care workers and allow seniors to receive care in the home. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the ranking member on the Senate Select Committee on Aging, and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) have introduced legislation in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives to protect senior citizens, the…

Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Provide Respite Care

Another victory for NAHC advocacy The United States Senate has unanimously passed the bipartisan Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019, which would authorize $10 million annually for the Lifespan Respite Care program from fiscal year 2020 through fiscal year 2024. Now this bill will have to be reconciled with the House-passed bill or go…

NAHC Urges Congress to Support Legislation to Provide Respite to Caregivers

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge members of Congress to support the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act (S. 995), which would reauthorize the Lifespan Respite Care Program at $50 million over five years. Every day, millions of American families are faced with unexpected…

Senators Propose to Increase Home Care Access for Seniors

U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have introduced the Homecare for Seniors Act, which will allow individuals over 65 the ability to use savings from their tax-free health savings accounts (HSAs) for qualified homecare expenses that assist seniors with everyday tasks of daily living. This bill is companion legislation to H.R. 2878,…

Senators Challenge VA on Backlog of Unpaid Providers

NAHC’s Bill Dombi to testify on veterans issues on Feb 12 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) faced sharp questioning during a Senate committee hearing on February 5 from skeptical Senators about a growing backlog of unpaid providers caring for elderly and disabled veterans. The Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee hearing, VA MISSION Act: Update on…

NAHC Tells Congress to Reject Deep Cuts to Health Care Spending

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded health care organizations in urging the United States Senate to reject the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act, legislation that could result in deep spending cuts to health care programs that are vital to the well-being of hundreds of millions of…

Key Senate Committee Considers Funding for Community-Based Programs

Recently the Senate Appropriations Committee announced legislation funding the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education. This legislation outlines discretionary spending limits allowable to HHS as well as recommendations from the Congress on how the money is allocated within agencies and programs. This is an annual process dictating spending levels for the…

NAHC Supports New Bill to Speed Benefits to Disabled Americans

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly supports new bipartisan legislation in Congress to drastically reduce the amount of time disabled Americans must wait before they receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration and Medicare. Currently, disabled Americans eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is financed by employee/employer payroll…

Bipartisan Group of Senators Pledge to Advance Palliative Care

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have launched a new caucus focusing on the furthering of palliative care. Officially titled the Comprehensive Care Caucus, the group is Co-chaired by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), John Barrasso (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). In announcing their caucus, the Senators plan to “raise awareness and work towards…

Senate Approves Key Bill to Extend Money Follows the Person, Spousal Impoverishment Protection

On Thursday, July 24, the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent an extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, as well as protections against spousal impoverishment for recipients of home and community based services (HCBS). The extension provides funding through the end of the calendar year. This is the latest in…