Update: More Lawmakers Cosponsor the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
November 23, 2015 01:52 PM
Additional cosponsors have joined the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578/H.R. 1342) in order to allow non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to certify Medicare home health services. The legislation 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.
The Senate version now has a total of 41 bipartisan cosponsors, and the House version has a total of 160 bipartisan cosponsors.
This week, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) joined the legislation as a cosponsor in the Senate. In the House, Representatives Tom Emmer (R-MN), Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Trent Kelly (R-MS), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Pete Aguilar (D-CA) joined the legislation as cosponsors.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is focused on continuing to build support for the legislation among Republican as well as Democratic lawmakers. NAHC encourages everyone to reach out to their congressional delegation to request that they cosponsor the bills. 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 legislation, 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 Medicare beneficiaries rely on NPPs as their primary care provider; especially in rural regions of the U.S.. Additional cosponsors will help build momentum to advance the legislation through the committee process and to receive a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
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.