Fight for Home Care & Hospice on Virtual Lobby Day
March 13, 2017 02:52 PM
There is a new administration and a new Congress in Washington, D.C. and that means new opportunities and challenges for the home care and hospice community. That is why the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is so excited about our March on Washington and the Virtual Lobby Day later this month.
The March on Washington, which begins in the afternoon on Monday, March 20 and continues on Tuesday, March 21, which is when NAHC members will converge on Capitol Hill to advocate for home care and hospice directly to lawmakers. (Here is a schedule for the March on Washington.)
However, for NAHC members who cannot attend this March on Washington, they can still take part in the advocacy by joining in a Virtual Lobby Day on March 21, 2017. All participants in the Virtual Lobby Day should email, call or fax their members of Congress on behalf of home care and hospice and the millions of people who depend on those services.
NAHC has prepared a Virtual Lobby Day page to provide background on the critical issues and provide a shortcut for contacting your representatives in Congress. First, you will still benefit from reading the Lobby Day Toolkit even if you won’t be in Washington in person, so we recommend you download it.
Secondly, use the Virtual Lobby Day page to get up to speed on the issues and what Washington should be doing about them. These are the issues we have identified for advocacy:
Ask the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to postpone implementation of the home health conditions of participation (COPs);
Support the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, which would allow Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Physician Assistants to sign Medicare home health care plans;
Extend the Medicare home health rural add-on;
Stop pre-claim review chaos before it spreads to Florida and the rest of the country;
Maintain stability in the Medicare Hospice Benefit and reject further cuts or the imposition of copays or deductibles on Medicare hospice services;
Oppose changes to the Companionship Services Exemption, which protects the interests of the elderly and the infirm who cannot care for themselves;
Repeal or revise the face-to-face physician encounter requirement.
Please go to the Virtual Lobby Day page and click on the ADD YOUR VOICE button below each issue. That will take you to a page where you can quickly and painlessly send an email to members of Congress to take action on behalf of the vast and growing community of Americans who depend on home care and hospice.
For those who will be attending the March on Washington in person, please don’t forget to download a copy of the March on Washington Toolkit. It is a brief, but helpful guide to all the major issues facing home care and hospice and provides useful tips on how to set up and manage a meeting in a congressional office.