Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act Reaches 40 Cosponsors in the Senate
November 10, 2015 02:52 PM
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, continues to receive more and more bipartisan support in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives thanks to the great work of the home care and hospice community. A total of 40 bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate have now cosponsored the bill, along with 153 bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The milestone of 40 cosponsors in the Senate is significant because that was the original goal that the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) set. Now, NAHC has set the new goal of achieving 50 Senate cosponsors, in order to continue building momentum for the legislation and increase the likelihood of its passage.
Last week Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) both signed on as cosponsors. Recent House cosponsors include Representatives John Larson (D-CT-1), Mark Takano (D-CA-41), Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), Grace Napolitano (D-CA-32), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-8), and William Keating (D-MA-9).
NAHC is focused on continuing to build support among Republican lawmakers, as well as Democrats. 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. 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.
The legislation is a top priority for NAHC as more and more patients rely on NPPs as their primary care source. Additional cosponsors will help build momentum to advance the legislation through the committee process and to receive a score from the Congressional Budget Office.
This week, NAHC is meeting with Senators Collins, Schumer, and Grassley, the lead sponsors of the legislation, to discuss advancing the bill in the Senate.
NAHC recently completed a survey on the role of NPPs in home care to collect information in support of the legislation (see previous NAHC Report article here).
Stay tuned to NAHC Reportfor additional updates on this legislation.