NAHC Announces Bipartisan Senators to Speak at March on Washington
Updated, March 21, 2016
February 23, 2016 01:53 PM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) upcoming March on Washington will bring together some of the leading voices in Congress that have supported the home care and hospice community in recent years. A group of prominent Senators will appear at a special Senate Breakfast on Tuesday, April 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Home care and hospice advocates are encouraged to come hear their perspectives on the 2016 legislative agenda, receive guidance on how home care and hospice providers can more effectively advocate for their patients and employees, and show appreciation to these champions who have worked so hard for seniors, as well as the home care and hospice community.
Five Senators have committed at this early date to speaking at the event, and NAHC has extended invitations to other Senators, including many who have attended past March on Washington Senate Breakfasts. Those confirmed include Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who chairs the Special Committee on Aging; Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid; Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of Senate Finance Committee; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Special Committee on Aging; Senator Al Franken (D-MN), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.All five senators are long-time home care and hospice champions.
Ever a champion for home care and hospice, Sen. Collins attended last year’s Senate Breakfast as well as many others going back several years. “You're the best group in the world to start your day with,” Sen. Collins said previously. “You really are. The highly skilled services you provide allow people to stay just where they want to be – in the comfort and security of their own homes.”
Sen. Grassley previously addressed the Senate Breakfast about the importance of home care and hospice, as well as the importance of advocacy on Capitol Hill. “When there's not enough home health, people end up in more expensive care venues,” Sen. Grassley said. “I urge you to make your stories known. You know, we could even set our clocks by your coming here to D.C. each year. That's good. Remember that we work for you; you don't work for us. When people talk about First Amendment rights, you always hear about freedoms of speech, press, and religion,” Sen. Grassley continued. “Don't forget about the right to petition government.”
Sen. Stabenow spoke at last year’s Senate Breakfast about her efforts to roll-back rebasing and prevent further cuts to home care and hospice. Sen. Stabenow committed to fighting against budget proposals to cut Medicare and Medicaid.
Sen. Whitehouse, in addition to attending the Senate Breakfast previously, also spoke at a reception last year hosted by the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations and NAHC celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. Sen. Whitehouse spoke about the importance of Medicare, saying it has become so important that many people forget it is a government program. “They don’t remember that people actually made that happen 50 years ago,” he said. “It only takes courage to make this a courageous time too.”
Sen. Franken last addressed the 2013 March on Washington Senate Breakfast and told a moving story about his family’s positive experience with the quality hospice and end-of-life care that his father received.
To register for the NAHC March on Washington, click here.