NAHC Meets with Former Nurse who now Sits on Ways and Means Committee
April 25, 2013 03:39 PM
Congresswoman Diane Black (R-TN) and NAHC Report editor Chris McGurn
Representatives from NAHC recently met with Congresswoman Diane Black (R-TN), a former nurse who currently sits on the House Ways and Means Committee. The Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over Medicare, and is generally regarded as one of the most powerful committees in either the House or Senate.
The meeting with Congresswoman Black allowed NAHC to familiarize her with a range of issues that are of importance to the home health and hospice community – and to inform her of pending legislation that would be of interest to both herself and her constituents.
Prior to being elected to Congress in 2010, Congresswoman Black worked for over 40 years as a nurse – beginning her career as an emergency room nurse. She also served as a long-term care nurse and as part of an outpatient surgery team. Aside from her position on the Ways and Means Committee, Congresswoman Black also sits on the Budget Committee and is a member of the Congressional Nurses’ Caucus.
Following the meeting with the Congresswoman herself, representatives from NAHC met with her chief-of-staff and health policy advisor to further explain NAHC’s positions on pressing legislation – particularly the Fostering Independence Through Technology Act (S. 596), the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, which would allow nurse practitioners to sign home health plans of care (HR 2267 in the previous Congress and scheduled to be re-introduced soon), and NAHC’s opposition to home health copays.