Key Legislation Introduced to Help Elderly and Disabled Remain in their Homes

Two pieces of bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for the elderly and disabled to receive health care in their homes and to protect against financial catastrophe have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. The EMPOWER (“Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care) Act (S. 548…

Bill to Enable Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Home Health Introduced in Senate

Long-time home care champions Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 296) in the 116th Congress. This long-standing NAHC priority legislation would enable non-physician practitioners the authority to certify home health orders under Medicare. In the past, this legislation has enjoyed strong, widespread bipartisan…

New Legislation to Vastly Improve PDGM Introduced in Senate

Bipartisan legislation (S. 433) has been introduced in the United States Senate to improve home health payment reforms to ensure beneficiary access to quality care services is not compromised for America’s growing senior population. Introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Doug Jones (D-AL) and…

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…

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.…

NAHC Urges Congress to Support Legislation to Move People to HCBS

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a coalition of like-minded organizations in calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act (“Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care Act”) (S. 2227/H.R. 5306), which would extend and improve the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing demonstration program.…

NAHC Applauds Passage of Key Legislation to Curb Opioid Epidemic

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) commends the United States Senate for passing The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan bill which contains a wide array of initiatives to address America’s overwhelming opioid crisis. The bill now heads to President Donald J. Trump for his signature. Among the many provisions…

Congressional Conferees Finalize Agreement on Opioid Package with Hospice Disposal Provisions

–Legislation likely to be enacted prior to midterm elections For the last 18 months, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has been deeply involved in discussions with offices in the Senate and House of Representatives on a provision included in the final opioids legislation package that authorizes hospice personnel to dispose of…

Help NAHC Stop CMS’ Big Home Health Rate Cut!

STOP THE PROPOSED CMS HOME HEALTH RATE CUT! In February, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018. Included in this law were various reforms to the Medicare Home Health benefit. One such provision called for budget neutrality in any change to the payment model, so that future spending would remain consistent with projections…

Key New Legislation Seeks Changes to Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System

Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, both Republicans from Louisiana, have introduced legislation that seeks to address changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system as made by the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) in February 2018. The BBA called for allowing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to preemptively make adjustments to…