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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2682, 6/10/2015
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House Votes to Remove Medicare Cuts from Trade Bill
Senators Reintroduce Care Planning Act
For Your Information: Early Registration Ends June 23rd for the 2015 Financial Management Conference & Exposition
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House Votes to Remove Medicare Cuts from Trade Bill
Important Victory for NAHC, Medicare Patients and Advocates Nationwide

The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelming passed by a vote of 392-32 a provision removing Medicare cuts from a separate bill reauthorizing the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.  The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) was among the first organizations to voice its strong opposition to the Medicare cuts.  With many lawmakers expressing opposition, earlier this week House leaders announced their intentions to find a replacement offset.

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris praised the House action in a statement released today.

“Today’s vote was an important victory for home care and hospice, as well as for Medicare patients and advocates nationwide,” said Halamandaris.  “Congress received our message and opposed raiding Medicare to fund non-health care legislation.  I want to thank House Speak John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for helping to negotiate an alternative, as well as the lawmakers who bravely stood up to prevent using Medicare as a piggy bank for unrelated legislation.”

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Senators Reintroduce Care Planning Act
NAHC Urges Members to Seek Senate Cosponsors

Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced a revised version of the Care Planning Act (S. 1549) on June 10, 2015.  The Care Planning Act was first introduced in August 2013 as S. 1439 and was designed to give individuals with serious illness the tools with which to make more informed choices about their care, and the power to have those choices honored. 

“This bill takes a patient-centered approach by making sure more information is available to patients and their families, and by ensuring that patients have an opportunity to discuss their treatment options, plan for their future care, and make their choices known,” Sen. Warner said. 

“In the last several years, some have deliberately  chosen to misrepresent the purpose of care planning services to frighten people and to score cheap political points. It’s about making sure that your doctors, your hospital, and your family know what choices you have made about your care. If a patient prefers to explore every possible treatment option, that choice will be respected. And if an individual prefers a different approach after informed consultations with their health team, their family and others, those choices should be documented and honored too. The important thing is being able to make that decision and trust that it will be respected.”

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Early Registration Ends June 23rd for the 2015 Financial Management Conference & Exposition

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced details regarding the Home Health Track at the 2015 Financial Management Conference & Exposition.  Conference participants will have the opportunity to choose one among four education tracks, including: the Home Health Track, the Hospice Track, the Innovations Track, and the Leadership Track.

For more details and to register for the Financial Management Conference, please click here.


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