Cosponsor Update: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
February 17, 2016 11:47 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 176 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as 43 cosponsors in the U.S. Senate.
The most recent Members of Congress to join the legislation as cosponsors are Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI-7) and Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA-1), who both officially joined on February 12, 2016.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) encourages everyone to act now to request that your members cosponsor the bill.NAHC has updated its congressional checklist tracking the cosponsors of the legislation by state. The checklist allows NAHC members to easily see which members of Congress have and have not cosponsored the legislation. To view the cosponsor checklist for the Senate bill click here, and to view the checklist for the House bill click here.
If any member of Congress from your state has not yet cosponsored the legislation, please use NAHC’s Legislative Action Center to request that they do so by clicking here.
The objective is to gain as many cosponsors as possible in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in order to secure passage of this crucial legislation. NAHC is focused on increasing the number of cosponsors in the Senate, in addition to gaining more cosponsors in the House. Additional cosponsors will help build momentum to advance the legislation through the committee process and receive a score from the Congressional Budget Office.
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.
Stay tuned to NAHC Reportfor additional updates on this legislation.