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…

Bipartisan Legislation to Grow the Palliative Care Workforce Introduced in Congress

NAHC advocacy effort succeeds Please support this important legislation NOW! It takes only a few seconds On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), a bipartisan reform to grow, improve and sustain the palliative care and hospice…

Home Care and Hospice Capitol Hill Update

Recently two key committees in the House of Representatives took Congressional action on legislation important to home care and hospice providers. The Energy and Commerce committee held a hearing on the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act, while the Ways and Means Committee held a mark-up on the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act.…

Members of Congress Ask CMS to Stop Home Health Cuts Based on Behavioral Assumptions

GO HERE to stop home health payment cuts! A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives, including Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL-7) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16), have written to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to ask her to…

Senators Promote Palliative Care as NHSC-eligible Primary Care Service

Additional efforts are under way in Congress to help address the growing need for palliative-care trained medical practitioners.  The latest legislation – The Provider Training in Palliative Care Act (S. 1921) – is aimed at recognizing palliative care medicine as an eligible primary care service under the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program.  If enacted,…

NAHC Announces 2019 National Backyard Advocacy Bash July 1-2, 2019

On July 1st-2nd,  your elected officials will be in their local home offices, right in your own backyard, for the congressional recess, and we want you to drop by and show your support for home-based care and services for the first ever NAHC Annual Backyard Advocacy Bash! Advocacy starts at home with you, your staff,…

New Legislation Would Allow Occupational Therapists to Open Home Health Cases

GO HERE to quickly and easily support this important legislation to improve home health services. New bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives that would grant Occupational Therapists the authority to open home health cases. Under current law, only nurses, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists can…