Congressman Jim Gerlach Reiterates his Support for Home Care at Town Hall Meeting Hosted by NAHC Chairman Andrea L. Devoti
Supports Authorizing Nurse Practitioners to Write Medicare Orders for Home Health, Opposes Any More Home Health Cuts, Calls for Reform of the ACA Employer Mandate, and Blasts CMS’s New “Rebasing” Rules
Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA) thinks “it’s time for real solutions” as we strive to improve health care for all. He supports legislation that will help more employers provide their workers with health insurance and give morepeople access to affordable care. He also supports a plan that keeps the promises we’ve made to America’s seniors and those nearing their retirement years. “It’s a plan,” he says, “to preserve and strengthen Medicare so that all seniors have access to quality affordable health care.”It would give seniors more options, and it does not include more cuts to home health care, as he recently told NAHC Chairmen Andrea L. Devoti when she convened a town hall meeting at Neighborhood Health, her agency in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Devoti brought the congressman together with numerous Pennsylvania home care providers for a wide-ranging discussion of issues affecting home health and hospice. Among those participating were Eric Kiehl, public affairs director at Pennsylvania Homecare Association and several staff members of Neighborhood Health: Heidi Owen, director of hospice/oncology services; Gina Petersen, chief information officer; Pat Bush, director of home care services; and Vivian Fielder, director of customer service/intake.