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…

Rural Access to Hospice Act Reintroduced in Senate, House

GO HERE to protect rural access to hospice! U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN)  have introduced the Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2019 (S. 1190/H.R.2594), bipartisan/bicameral legislation to improve seniors’ access to hospice care in rural America. Under current law,…

Legislation to Test New Health Care Delivery Models Introduced in Senate

A bill to allow state and local governments, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and other entities to test alternative designs of  health care coverage for people with advanced illnesses has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The Removing Barriers to Person-and Family-Centered Care Act (S.829) would, in addition to supporting local efforts to…