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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2693, 6/26/2015
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Congressional Support Builds for Allowing NPs and PAs to Certify Home Health Services
House Moves One Step Closer to Passing Bill to Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board
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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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After Supreme Court Decision, Congress Weighs Options on Affordable Care Act

As previously reported, the Supreme Court on June 26 ruled that individuals who purchase health insurance through a federal exchange are eligible to continue receiving subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to the ruling, Republicans in Congress had debated how to respond in the event that the Court struck down the subsidies, with some preparing legislation to  provide temporary relief to currently insured individuals while repealing the employer and individual mandates. Following the ruling, Republican lawmakers are necessarily adjusting their approach. Most have conceded the reality that the law is here to stay for the foreseeable future, at least until 2017 when President Obama will leave office.

Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), said on Thursday that the ruling “essentially amounts to a ceasefire in the repeal effort.” In a video released today, Halamandaris further explained that the law is unlikely to be repealed and that instead we should come together to improve it.

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Registration is now open for NAHC’s 2015 Annual Meeting

Registration for NAHC’s Annual Meeting is now open! The conference is October 28-30, 2015, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

To register for the conference and to make your reservation at the Gaylord Opryland, click here.

 

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