Home Care and Hospice Champions Once Again Set to Address NAHC’s March on Washington
March 16, 2015 01:07 PM
It has become an annual tradition for many of the nation’s most powerful lawmakers, and a rite of passage for newer Members of Congress to address NAHC’s annual March on Washington. This year will be no different, with a bipartisan chorus of senators and representatives again lining up to address the March’s attendees while emphasizing their personal support and experiences with home care and hospice.
Below are some quotes from home care and hospice champions from previous years:
“I personally have experience of your wonderful care,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) last year. Her only child, Abigail, was born with a condition that kept her from being able to swallow. For three years she had to be fed through a stomach tube. “A number of home care workers came to care for Abigail, and now she is a freshman at Yale,” Klobuchar proudly said. “We need to work on long-term care, and home care is a big part of that. We need to establish telehealth pilots because it makes care more effective. We need to focus on reimbursement for hospice. And we need to give power to people who know patients best, so I’m supporting the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act allowing nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants to certify home health services. In Minnesota, we believe in giving people high-quality care. Home care and hospice are part of that.”
No lawmaker has been as staunch a supporter of home care and hospice as Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). This year will be her 17th consecutive year addressing NAHC’s March on Washington. In stressing the growing need for home care and hospice services, Senator Collins stated last year that in Washington, “policy is dictated by demographics. We’re getting older and living longer and it’s so troubling that the home care and hospice benefit keeps coming under attack. I just don’t get it, and it’s got to end.” Senator Collins ended her remarks with some advice for the home care and hospice attendees in the audience: “tell your representatives about the high-quality, cost-effective care that you provide, and invite them out on a home visit with you. It was a home visit I took years ago that turned me into such a strong and passionate supporter of all that you do in your communities.”
This year’s roster of speakers from both the House and the Senate is not to be missed.
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