Members of the Home Care & Hospice Community Travel from Across the Nation to “March on Washington” and Advocate on Priority Medicare and Medicaid Policy Issues
Two Leading CMS Officials, Eight U.S. Senators, and Numerous Experts Featured on the Outlook for Home Care and Hospice Policy
April 5, 2016 11:24 AM
Members of the home care and hospice community began to arrive in Washington, D.C., over the weekend for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 March on Washington Conference, taking place April 3 – April 5. Those featured at the conference include leading officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), members of the U.S. Congress, and home care and hospice experts regarding the outlook on Medicare and Medicaid home care and hospice policy.
On Monday, April 4, members of the home care and hospice community attending the conference had the unique opportunity to hear a combination of policy perspectives from both federal agency officials and the provider community. Two leading CMS officials—Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy Administrator & Director of the Center for Medicare at CMS, and Melissa Harris, Senior Policy Advisor, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at CMS—provided remarks at the conference. Sean Cavanaugh addressed how CMS views home health and hospice services in the overall Medicare program and the expected direction of its policies that impact home health and hospice. Melissa Harris presented the view from CMS on the new and anticipated Medicaid policies that affect care in the home. During separate sessions, home care and hospice experts gave the provider perspective as well as advocacy priorities and strategies in advance of attendees’ Capitol Hill visits on Tuesday.
Eight U.S. Senators, all long-standing home care and hospice champions, will speak at the “Senate Breakfast” on Tuesday morning. The Senators include Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who chairs the Special Committee on Aging; Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid; Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of Senate Finance Committee; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Special Committee on Aging; Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), 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; Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ranking Member on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a member of the Special Committee on Aging; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an attendee at last year’s Senate Breakfast. The Senators will speak regarding their support for, and personal connections to, home care and hospice along with providing their perspectives on the legislative priorities. Please click here to thank the Senators who took time to speak.
Following the Senate Breakfast, conference attendees will meet with the offices of their respective congressional delegations to advocate on the home care and hospice legislative priorities, which were presented earlier in the conference.
NAHC will host a reception for attendees on Tuesday evening to close out the conference.
Additional information and the full conference program for the 2016 March on Washington Conference is available here.
Stay tuned to NAHC Report for more detailed coverage of the sessions at the March on Washington.