Milestone Number in Congress Cosponsor the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
50 U.S. Senators in Support of Nurse Practitioners Ordering Home Health Care
April 28, 2016 10:31 AM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) continues to celebrate the progress of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 579/H.R. 1342) in the 114th Congress. NAHC is pleased to announce that Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has become the 50th senator to support the bill allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to “order” home health care services.
Previously, Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) had joined as cosponsors during the week of NAHC’s 2016 March on Washington. The bill continues to gain cosponsors in the House of Representatives as well. In recent days, five representatives joined their colleagues in co-sponsoring the bill. They are Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1), Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1), Jason Smith (R-MO-8), and John Conyers (D-MI-13).
Together, the total number of cosponsors in the Senate in now 50, just one short of the 51 needed for a majority. The total number in the House of Representatives now stands at 183.
These figures show the effectiveness of NAHC’s advocacy endeavors: in-person visits during the March on Washington, fly-in efforts by state affiliates, and meetings with Congressional offices conducted by NAHC’s government affairs lobbyists. In addition to making numerous Capitol Hill visits at the March on Washington, NAHC’s government affairs staff recently met with the following offices to provide briefings on the importance of the legislation: Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO-4), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-2), Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX-4), Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI-4), Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA-6), Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX-36), and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA).
To view which senators have or have not cosponsored the bill, click here. To view which representatives have or have not cosponsored the bill, click here.
Stay tuned to NAHC Report for further developments regarding this legislation.