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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2622, 3/13/2015
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Bipartisan Legislation to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board Introduced in the House
Home Care and Hospice Champions Once Again Set to Address NAHC’s March on Washington
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Bipartisan Legislation to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board Introduced in the House

Last week Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA), along with over 200 bipartisan original cosponsors, introduced the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 1190), which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The IPAB has faced widespread opposition from a variety of health care organizations, including The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), due to concerns that it would limit access to care for Medicare beneficiaries, shift costs to consumers, and usurp the authority of Congress. 

With the introduction of the House bill, versions of the legislation repealing the IPAB have been filed in both chambers of Congress. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in January introduced a Senate version, S. 141, which has 37 cosponsors. 

Congressman Roe had also sponsored the bill last Congress when the effort ultimately received 227 bipartisan cosponsors. “As a physician with more than 30 years of experience, I find the ability of this board to intervene in the patient-doctor relationship particularly troubling,” Roe said about identical legislation last Congress. “I believe my bill is a testament to the fact that members of Congress can put party politics aside, come together and do what’s right for our seniors. I will continue to push for a full repeal of the IPAB, and I look forward to working with my colleagues—both Republicans and Democrats—to protect and preserve Medicare.”

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Home Care and Hospice Champions Once Again Set to Address NAHC’s March on Washington

It has become an annual tradition for many of the nation’s most powerful lawmakers, and a rite of passage for newer Members of Congress to address NAHC’s annual March on Washington. This year will be no different, with a bipartisan chorus of senators and representatives again lining up to address the March’s attendees while emphasizing their personal support and experiences with home care and hospice.

Below are some quotes from home care and hospice champions from previous years:

“I personally have experience of your wonderful care,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) last year. Her only child, Abigail, was born with a condition that kept her from being able to swallow. For three years she had to be fed through a stomach tube. “A number of home care workers came to care for Abigail, and now she is a freshman at Yale,” Klobuchar proudly said.

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Home Care to the Rescue: Securing Medicaid’s Future

The Medicaid program is the most vulnerable of all of the Federal entitlement programs. With its Federal/state partnership, Medicaid is a patchwork of state-by-state programs – and Medicaid expansion as stated under the ACA has become a political football. Despite all of the partisan issues surrounding Medicaid, five times more money goes to home care services through Medicaid than Medicare. The Home Care and Hospice community needs to develop and publicize a credible plan that can be adopted by Congress to ensure the long-term success of this valuable program. This engaging panel discussion will highlight the key issues outlined in NAHC’s updated Medicaid Blueprint for Action, as well as the plans to become fierce advocates for Medicaid programs and funding and sound reimbursement policies that will ensure that home care continues to play a prominent role in Medicaid’s future.  

Conference Program
You may view the conference program here.

Registration Information
You may register using the Online Registration or print the Downloadable Registration Form and fax it to the phone number on the form. You may also call 202-547-7424 and register by phone.

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