Key Telehealth Bill Introduced in Senate

HEAT Act is a key NAHC priority this year A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced legislation on Thursday, April 22, to provide reimbursement to providers for telehealth services in the Medicare Home Health benefit. Introduced as S. 1309, the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act is a top 2021 legislative priority for…

NAHC Supports the Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act

Eleven Senators, including Bob Casey (D-PA), a close friend of NAHC and the home care community, have introduced the Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act (S.1099) to permanently protect against spousal impoverishment in the Medicaid program.  Historically, when one part of a married couple was in need of Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS), their spouse has been…

New Bill Addresses Nation’s Shortage of Nurses, Doctors

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the United States Senate would address America’s shortage of doctors and nurses by “recapturing” visas for thousands of foreign-born trained health care workers. The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act recaptures unused visas for nurses, doctors, and their families from previous years and expempts those visas from existing country caps on immigration. In…

Temporary Claims Hold Pending Congressional Action to Extend 2% Sequester Reduction Suspension

In anticipation of possible Congressional action to extend the two percent sequester reduction suspension, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021, for a short period without affecting providers’ cash flow. This will minimize the…

Congress Approves Extension of Medicare Sequestration Moratorium

NAHC advocacy helps prevent deep reimbursement rate cuts The House of Representatives and Senate have separately taken action to provide further suspension of the Medicare Sequester. While similar in intent, the two bodies took different approaches to the policy. The House took first action in approving H.R. 1868. The Senate followed up with an amendment…

Becerra Narrowly Confirmed as Next HHS Secretary

The United States Senate confirmed former California congressman and Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next Seceretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) by a vote of 50-49, with all Democrats voting to support the nominee and Susan Collins (R-ME) the sole Republican also voting to confirm. It is the narrowest confirmation of any…

Act Now to Extend Moratorium of Sequestration Cuts to Medicare!

SEND A MESSAGE TO CONGRESS RIGHT NOW! TIME IS CRITICAL — PLEASE ACT RIGHT NOW! On March 31, 2021 the suspension of the 2% Medicare sequestration will expire. That means rates of payments will go down 2% beginning April 1. Congress is actively considering legislation that will extend the sequestration suspension. Home health and hospice is…

NAHC to Congress: No Sequester Spending Cuts to Providers

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has written a letter to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), urging the Senate to prevent Medicare sequestration cuts to health care providers, particularly while the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. America’s front line health care providers continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, which has…

Senators Introduce Hospice Respite Relief Legislation to Ease Access during Pandemic

On August 4, 2020, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W) introduced the COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief Act of 2020 (S. 4423), designed to establish additional flexibilities related to delivery of respite care services during public health emergencies (PHEs) such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the legislation provides the Secretary of…

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate to Include HCBS in COVID-19 Relief Legislation!

On Tuesday August 4th TAKE ACTION! Tell the U.S. Senate to Include Home and Community Based Services in COVID-19 Relief Bills! #WeAreEssential Now, more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, home-based care and community services (HBCS) have come to the forefront as a way to keep those at the highest risk for the virus at home while receiving the care they need under the watchful eye of…