Senator Ron Wyden Confirmed as Keynote Speaker During NAHC’s Annual Meeting
Chairman of the Powerful Senate Finance Committee and Longtime Home Care & Hospice Advocate will Address Attendees Sunday, October 19
May 20, 2014 03:38 PM
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been confirmed as the keynote speaker during NAHC’s Annual Meeting, held this year in Phoenix, AZ October 19-22. Senator Wyden will speak the General Session on Sunday, October 19.
Earlier this year, Senator Wyden became Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid issues, after longtime Chairman Max Baucus resigned from the Senate to become the US ambassador to China.
Senator Wyden has long been a strong ally of home care and hospice – and has sponsored key pieces of legislation that would strengthen beneficiaries' access to such services. He recently introduced his own SGR repeal legislation that would either not require offsets or use unexpended funds from the Overseas Contingency Operations account resulting from the drawdown in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Mr. Wyden plays an integral role in shaping legislation that affects the home care and hospice community, and his past statements and actions on behalf of home care and hospice have been encouraging and supportive enough that he has been elected to the Caring Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Below are some of Senator Wyden’s words of support for both home care and hospice gathered from previous NAHC Report articles:
March 2011: “To me, a country as good and strong and rich as ours ought to be for home care and hospice for purely moral reasons… But even if you don't make that moral judgment, you ought to be supporting home care and hospice for purely financial reasons.”
March 2011: “We are going to start the effort to get our priorities right, built around the needs of home care and hospice."
December 2010: I hope we can… be behind a policy that does two things. One is to give older people, patients, and their families everywhere all of the options
for end-of-life care and what will be their judgment about what is the best quality
for them. Second is that we're not going to have the government calling all the
shots [for end-of-life decisions]."
November 2010: “Home care services typically bring the expertise and compassion of providers in numerous disciplines into the setting where most sick patients prefer to reside -- the home. More than 11 million Americans benefit each year from this approach.”
March 2009: "We are spending enough on health care, but we are not spending it in the right places, and one of the right places is in home and community-based services."
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