Sen. Jerry Moran to Speak at NAHC’s March on Washington Conference
March 24, 2016 08:50 AM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today announced that United States Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) will address the Senate Breakfast at the 2016 Home Care & Hospice March on Washington Conference, joining five other Senators already confirmed. Sen. Moran is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, with jurisdiction over all federal spending including the Department of Health and Human Service, as well as a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
The other Senators speaking 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 six senators are long-time home care and hospice champions (see previous NAHC Report article here).
Sen. Moran is a co-sponsor of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578), which would allow Nurse Practitioners and physician assistants to certify Medicare home health plans of care. The legislation is one of NAHC’s top priorities.
He last addressed the 2013 March on Washington Senate Breakfast, when hesaid that, “My passion is to ensure the way we live our lives in rural America survives for another generation,” and that, “part of keeping people at home is keeping available access to high quality health care” (see previous NAHC Report article here).
Sen. Moran has continuously made home care visits in his home state of Kansas, including in 2013 when then-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner joined him for a home care visit at his invitation (see previous NAHC Report article here).
“Access to home care and other quality health care services determines whether Kansans can remain in the communities they call home and whether their children can return to raise families of their own,” Sen. Moran said. “As a member of the Senate Rural Health Caucus, I understand that cities and towns are strengthened when Kansans have access to health care networks within their own communities and that home health care services are an integral part of this. Home health care allows individuals to receive the important care they need in their homes with their families, where they feel most comfortable. And home health services are a cost-effective alternative to other forms of care, especially when an individual may live a long distance from a hospital or clinic.”
“Many of Kansas’s health care providers operate on tight margins,” he said, “to provide quality care to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries spread across a wide area. Each time I visit one of these facilities and meet the individuals providing care to Kansans, I learn something new about the unique challenges they face.”
If you have not yet done so, make sure to register for the 2016 March on Washington Conference here.