Event Honoring Home Care and Hospice Champion Debbie Stabenow Kicks off NAHC’s March on the Capitol
December 12, 2013 09:58 AM
(l to r) Barry Cargill, Executive Director, Michigan Home Health Association; Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC President; and new NAHC Board Members, Angela Buchanan, Alabama Department of Public Health and Kim Gaffey, Gaffey Home Nursing & Hospice
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was honored at a breakfast hosted by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice at the Frederick Douglass Museum on Wednesday. The breakfast provided an opportunity for home care and hospice advocates to spend time with one of their greatest allies in the Senate, and to hear her take on the current issues that are affecting the home care and hospice community as a whole.
The breakfast also served as the kick-off event for NAHC’s March on the Capitol. Advocates from around the country - and even more online – contacted their elected officials during the March and asked them to oppose CMS’ rebasing rule and to support access to quality home care and hospice in their home states and districts by opposing any additional home care and hospice payment cuts and copays.
Senator Stabenow serves on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid, as well as on the Senate Budget Committee. She has been a staunch supporter of home care and hospice – leading the effort to overturn CMS’ rebasing rule by circulating a Dear Colleague letter earlier this year. “You are up there in the home care and hospice community’s pantheon of champions,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris during the breakfast.
Senator Stabenow offered her insight and guidance on how home care and hospice advocates can work to overturn CMS’ recent rebasing rule, as well as her support in doing so. “The most important thing is getting this stopped,” said Senator Stabenow. She has offered an amendment to SGR legislation that would postpone the rebasing rule and require that it be reconsidered. For more on the SGR, please see NAHC Report, November 13, 2013.
Once the breakfast ended, advocates from the home care and hospice community left for Capitol Hill in an effort to overturn CMS’ rebasing Final Rule and protect home care and hospice from further payment cuts and copays – energized by the morning’s breakfast with one of the industry’s leading voices.