Cosponsor Update: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
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January 14, 2016 01:21 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,now has a total of 173 bipartisan cosponsors in the U.S House of Representatives, as well as 43 bipartisan cosponsors in the U.S. Senate.
On Wednesday, January 6, four additional members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined as cosponsors of the legislation: Representatives Michael Honda (D-CA-17), Gwen Graham (D-FL-2), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-7), and Rick Larsen (D-WA-2).
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) encourages everyone to act now to request that your members cosponsor the bill.
NAHC is 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).
For additional coverage of the legislation and some of NAHC’s efforts on this issue, see previous NAHC Reportarticles hereand here.
Stay tuned to NAHC Reportfor additional updates on this legislation.