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NAHC Report: Issue# 2511, 9/19/2014
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Dear Colleague Letter Seeks Additional Support for Rebasing Bill
Another Lawsuit Threatens California Duals Demonstration
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Dear Colleague Letter Seeks Additional Support for Rebasing Bill
Bill, introduced by Rep. Hall, has the full support of NAHC which urges its members to ask their Representatives to support the measure

Just prior to adjourning for their latest Recess, Congressmen Ralph Hall (R-TX), Pete Olson (R-TX), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), and Bruce Braley (D-IA) sent a Dear Colleague letter to every member of the House of Representatives inviting other Members to cosponsor the Medicare Home Health Rebasing Relief and Reassessment Act (H.R. 4625).  NAHC fully supports this legislation, and the cosigners of the letter have asked for NAHC’s support in getting more Representatives to sign-on as cosponsor this bipartisan legislation. 

A copy of the Dear Colleague letter can be found here.

H.R. 4625 would suspend the rebasing rule for 12 months and require that CMS reassess the rule and submit a report to Congress on alternative rebasing methods, including methods offered by stakeholders.  NAHC and the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice were involved in drafting the legislation and getting it introduced. 

Please take a moment to contact your Representatives in the House and ask that they cosponsor this legislation.  It is especially important to get Democratic Representatives on board as quickly as possible to maintain a bipartisan balance.

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Another Lawsuit Threatens California Duals Demonstration

On August 29, the Independent Living Center of Southern California, along with three dual eligible beneficiaries, sued the federal and California governments in the US District Court of the Central District of California, Western Division over the state’s dual eligible demonstration, the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI). The Plaintiffs are seeking to stop the CCI. The National Council on Medicaid Home Care -  a NAHC affiliate - discusses key elements of the lawsuit (the Complaint), below.

CCI Denies Services and Informed Consent

In the Complaint, the Plaintiffs allege that the CCI prevents beneficiaries from receiving treatment during its transition period, “namely, from the time the dual is auto-enrolled into a Participating Plan for all Medicare and Medicaid services, to the time that the dual is able, if at all, to be seen and treated by the primary care physician (PCP) to whom the dual is assigned, and, obtains the medicines or treatment prescribed by the PCP.” The Complaint also alleges that “many” beneficiaries were forced to discontinue their previous treatments, which included prescriptions. The Plaintiffs assert that no other duals demonstration prevents enrollees from using their current physician during the transition period, as does the CCI.

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