Cosponsor Update: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
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December 16, 2015 10:23 AM
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, now has a total of 43 bipartisan cosponsors in the U.S. Senate, and 169 bipartisan cosponsors in the U.S House of Representatives.
Last week, nine additional members on Congress signed on to cosponsor the legislation. In the Senate, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) joined the legislation as a cosponsor on December 10. In the House, on December 11, Representatives Kevin Cramer (R-ND-At Large), Frederica Wilson (D-FL-24), Keith Rothfus (R-PA-12), Sandord Bishop (D-GA 2), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12), Brad Ashford (D-NE-2), and Robert Dold (R-IL-10) joined the legislation as cosponsors.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) encourages everyone to act now to request that your members cosponsor the bill, as time is running out before the end of the year. This is the last week Congress is in session before December 18 when Congress is scheduled to adjourn for recess until 2016. NAHC is especially focused on increasing the number of cosponsors in the Senate, in addition to gaining more cosponsors in the House. 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 the home care and hospice community as more and more Medicare beneficiaries rely on NPPs as their primary care provider, especially in rural regions of the nation. 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, and released a report on the findings of the survey in support of the legislation (to view the report, see previous NAHC Report article here).
Stay tuned to NAHC Reportfor additional updates on this legislation.