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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2655, 4/30/2015
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House Committee Unveils Draft Bill to Spur Medical Innovation
NAHC and Other Senior Groups Hold Forum at the Capitol
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House Committee Unveils Draft Bill to Spur Medical Innovation

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday released a discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures legislation, which contains proposals to accelerate medical innovation through the research and development of cures and treatments.  The legislation also contains placeholder sections for not yet included proposals to support innovations with regards to delivery, including interoperability and telehealth. 

On Thursday, following the release of the draft, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to discuss the discussion draft proposals.  The hearing largely focused on medical innovation with regards to the advancement of cures and treatments, as lawmakers are still developing the language on delivery innovation.

During the hearing, members coalesced around the importance of providing more funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The bill provides $10 billion over five years for an NIH Innovation Fund, as well as $1.5 billion in additional funding under the normal appropriation for NIH.  This additional funding is intended to boost the nation’s research efforts.  It also directs NIH to establish a research network devoted to pediatric diseases and birth defects.

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NAHC and Other Senior Groups Hold Forum at the Capitol

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) held a forum on senior issues in the US Capitol this week.  Members of Congress and their staff members were invited to speak to the members of the LCAO and take questions on the hottest legislative developments affecting seniors during this session of Congress.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has been a longtime member of the LCAO, which is a coalition of 72 nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America’s older populations and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena. 

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, pledged her commitment to pursuing many of the goals of the LCAO, including a big increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research.  Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), co-chair of the Congressional Seniors Task Force, called on everyone to celebrate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid on July 30.  She said the LCAO should continue to pursue the goal of achieving a long-term care program for all Americans.  Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) said advocates need to gird themselves for an upcoming fight to preserve Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. 

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Call for Presentations for Pre-Conferences at the NAHC Annual Meeting
The deadline for submitting proposals is May 18th!

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today announced its Call for Presentations for prospective faculty to submit pre-conference presentation proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee.  NAHC encourages all members, including associate members and vendors, to participate as faculty in the 2015 Annual Meeting Pre-Conferences.  The deadline for submitting proposals is May 18.

As previously reported, NAHC has posted 90 educational offerings for the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting, which will take place October 29-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.  Individuals who attend the 2015 Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to earn up to 20 Continuing Education credits in-person through the general session and pre-conference opportunities, as well as many additional credits through programs that will be made available online.

NAHC is now in the process of soliciting prospective faculty to submit proposals for pre-conference presentations for the Annual Meeting.  All NAHC members can submit pre-conference presentation proposals. For guidelines and to submit a proposal click here!


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