Update on Congressional Support for Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
October 13, 2015 01:55 PM
Several additional members of Congress have added their names to become cosponsors of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578/H.R. 1342), which would allow non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to certify Medicare home health services. A total of 147 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have now cosponsored the bill, and 38 members of the U.S. Senate have now cosponsored the bill. The legislation is a top priority as more and more patients are relying on NPPs as their primary care source.
One Friday, October 9, seven additional Representatives were officially listed as cosponsors: Representatives Lujan Grisham (D-NM-1), Bill Shuster (R-PA-9), David Young (R-IA-3), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3), Christopher Gibson (R-NY-19), Ami Bera (D-CA-7), and Steve Stivers (R-OH-15). In addition, joining the Senate bill last week was Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK).
The full list of cosponsors indicates that the legislation has received support from physician lawmakers, including Congressman Bera, in addition to others, such as Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV-3) and Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36).
NAHC encourages everyone to reach out to their congressional delegation to request that they cosponsor the bills in the House and Senate. Please click here to see the list of Senators who have cosponsored the bill, and here for the list of Representatives who have cosponsored the bill so far. If any of your members have not yet cosponsored the bill, please use NAHC’s Legislative Action Center to request that they to do so. NAHC and advocates are only two away from hitting our goal of 40 cosponsors in the Senate.
Additional cosponsors will help build momentum to advance the legislation through the committee process, including receiving a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In September, NAHC met with officials from CBO to discuss the potential cost and savings implications of the legislation (see previous NAHC Report article here).
NAHC also recently completed a survey on the role of NPPs in home care to collect information in support of the legislation.Stay tuned to NAHC Reportfor additional updates on this legislation.