Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act Reintroduced in the House
Following the introduction of the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act in the U.S. Senate two weeks ago, a companion bill—H.R. 1342—was introduced by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) and 15 bipartisan cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, March 6. The House bill, which is identical to the Senate bill and legislation introduced last Congress, would allow certain health care professionals other than physicians to sign home health plans of care. For more on the bill’s introduction in the Senate, please see NAHC Report, February 27, 2015.
“Home health care allows patients more control over their health care, and provides a sense of comfort, familiarity, and normalcy for the patient and their families. I know this first hand, because it’s what my parents chose. And it’s not just a win for the patient. Home-based care benefits Medicare as a whole. Having people recover at home is less expensive than in a hospital or nursing home,” Walden said about the identical legislation last year. Congressman Walden has supported this legislation in past years as well, including in the 113th Congress, when the bill received 162 cosponsors in the U.S. House. The large number of previous cosponsors can be partially credited to NAHC members, who urged their elected officials to support the legislation through NAHC’s Legislative Action Center.