Key Messages to Share with Lawmakers During NAHC’s March on Washington
Members Encouraged to Take Action Virtually if they are Unable to Join in Person; Talking Points, Fact Sheets, Resources to Participate Virtually, and Additional Information is Available on NAHC’s Legislative Action Network
March 22, 2014 10:30 AM
An integral part of NAHC’s annual March on Washington is for members to meet directly with their lawmakers and discuss the most pressing issues facing the home care and hospice community. This year - with so much at stake that could potentially benefit or devastate both home care and hospice – it is even more important for NAHC members to join their friends and colleagues in Washington and become a strong, vocal proponent for home care and hospice.
Click here for the talking points on Medicare, Medicaid, hospice, private pay, and technology issues that home care and hospice advocates will be using at the upcoming March on Washington: 2014 NAHC March on Washington Resources.
Even if NAHC members are unable to attend in person, NAHC encourages all of its members to participate virtually, if they are unable to come to Washington.
NAHC’s March on Washington is happening at the same time as negotiations in Congress get underway to replace or repeal the flawed Medicare physician payment formula known as “SGR.” One of the key messages this year is simple: Congress must Reject proposals that would impose home health and hospice copays and payment cuts to offset the cost of the SGR fix, to reduce the deficit, or for other purposes.
Here are links on NAHC’s Legislative Action Network to background information and to send a message virtually on this issue during the March on Washington:
For home health -- Write Your Legislators;
For hospice -- Write Your Legislators
NAHC is also seeking to include an amendment in any Medicare legislation, including the SGR fix, which would provide relief from CMS’ rebasing final rule, which significantly cut home health payments. For a description of this amendment and why it is needed, go here: Rebasing Reform Proposal Talking Points.
Please Write Your Legislators to ask that they support this rebasing amendment.
Home care and hospice advocates may raise other important issues virtually during the March on Washington by sending a message through the NAHC Legislative Action Network to their lawmakers:
Reform the face-to-face physician encounter requirement for home health services -- Write Your Legislators.
Modify the employer responsibilities in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to address home care specific needs -- Write Your Legislators.
Preserve the companionship services exemption --Write Your Legislators.
Permit Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to sign home health plans of care (Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S.1332;H.R.2504)) -- Write Your Legislators.
Offer incentives for the adoption of telehomecare technologies (Fostering independence through Technology Act (S.596)) --Send a letter to your Senator.
Refine hospice face-to-face requirement, require demonstration of hospice payment reform, and increase hospice survey frequency (Hospice Evaluation and Legitimate Payment Act (S.1053;H.R.2302)) -- Write Your Legislators.
Define full-time for purposes of the ACA employer mandate as 40 hours a week (S. 1188; H.R.2575; H.R. 2988) -- Write Your Legislators.