Congressional Support Builds for Allowing NPs and PAs to Certify Home Health Services
Help Keep Up the Momentum by Contacting Your Senators and Representatives Today
Four members of the U.S. House of Representatives—Greg Walden (R-OR), Ron Kind (D-WI), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)—sent a letter this week to their House colleagues encouraging them to cosponsor the House version of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015, following a similar letter by U.S. senators last month to recruit support for the Senate version of the legislation, as reported by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).
“The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015 would ensure that our Medicare beneficiaries get the home health care they need in a timely manner by allowing NPs [nurse practitioners], CNSs [clinical nurse specialists], CNMs [certified nurse midwives], and PAs [physician assistants], to order home health services, if their state allows it,” Representatives Walden, Kind, Jenkins, and Schakowsky wrote in the letter.
So far, the House bill has 112 cosponsors including an impressive 15 bipartisan original cosponsors from key committees with jurisdiction over the legislation. The Senate bill now has 33 bipartisan cosponsors. Most recently, Sen. Baldwin (D-WI), Sen. Schatz (D-HI), and Sen. Kirk (R-IL) joined as cosponsors.
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