U.S. Representatives Re-Launch Bipartisan ‘Home Health Caucus’
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April 10, 2015 09:23 AM
Two bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives—Congressman James McGovern (D-MA-2) and Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC-3)—have re-launched the Home Health Caucus in order to advance the role of home health in delivering quality, cost-effective health care. In a letter to their colleagues, Congressmen McGovern and Jones invited all members of the U.S. House of Representatives to join the caucus.
Members of the U.S. Congress can establish caucuses—officially known as Congressional Member Organizations—in order to advance awareness about a particular topic or issue and to pursue relevant legislative priorities. Members of Congress are able to join an established caucus in order to demonstrate their support for its issues and agenda. The first Home Health Caucus was launched over a decade ago during the 107th Congress in the U.S. House.
“We are reconvening the bipartisan Home Health Caucus to further the role of home health in our nation’s health care delivery system and we invite you to join,” the Representatives wrote in the letter inviting their colleagues to join the Home Health Caucus.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly supports the Home Health Caucus, which educates lawmakers about the increasingly important role of home health and pursues legislative goals that would advance the delivery of quality home health care. NAHC encourages members of Congress to join the Home Health Caucus.
“Congressman James McGovern and Congressman Walter Jones are passionate home health advocates on behalf of the ill, aged and disabled,” said NAHC’s President Val J. Halamandaris. “I want to thank them for re-establishing the Home Health Caucus and for continuing to build Congressional support for home health as the center of delivering quality, cost-effective health care.”
In their letter to colleagues, Congressmen McGovern and Jones emphasized the need “to build on home and community-based care as a means to take care of our rapidly growing senior population.” They also stated that home health has been at the “leading-edge” in pioneering communications and technological innovations to improve the delivery of care.
“Today’s home health care industry offers one of the most effective and cost-efficient delivery systems of comprehensive, high-quality health care services,” the Representatives wrote. “With the communication and technological advances over the last several years, the home health community has pioneered leading-edge models and therapeutics to deliver comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered care across the health care delivery system. These models lead to better patient care coordination, medication management, disease and chronic care management, and behavioral and preventative education. The innovative approaches of today’s home health care show great promise in addressing many of the concerns associated with disparities in health care and access in rural communities.”
NAHC will continue to provide updates regarding efforts by the Home Health Caucus. Please click here to use NAHC’s Legislative Action Center to urge your U.S. Representative to join the Home Health Caucus today.