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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2834, 1/29/2016
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CBO Projections Released for Medicare and Medicaid Spending Over Coming Decade
Cosponsor Update: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act
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CBO Projections Released for Medicare and Medicaid Spending Over Coming Decade
Congressional Committee Chairmen Call for Measures to Reduce Spending on Health Programs

On Monday, January 25, 2016, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released “The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025” which estimates federal spending and revenues, as well as the deficit and federal debt, over the coming decade. CBO projected that spending on major health care programs would exceed spending on Social Security and would nearly double over the period of 2015 to 2025. 

“Federal outlays for major health care programs—including Medicare, Medicaid, subsidies for health insurance purchased through exchanges and related spending, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—are projected to increase more rapidly than outlays for Social Security, growing from 5.1 percent of GDP (net of premium payments and other offsetting receipts for Medicare) in 2015 to 6.2 percent in 2025,” CBO stated in the report. “In CBO’s baseline projections, that spending grows robustly—at an average rate of nearly 7 percent per year—and thus nearly doubles between 2015 and 2025, reaching $1.9 trillion, or 6.8 percent of GDP, by the end of that period.”

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Cosponsor Update: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578 / H.R. 1342), which would permit non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to certify Medicare home health services, now has 174 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as 43 cosponsors in the U.S. Senate.

The most recent Member of Congress to join the legislation as a cosponsor is Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ-1), who officially joined on January 28, 2016.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) encourages everyone to act now to request that your members cosponsor the bill. In order to support this effort, NAHC has developed a new congressional checklist to track cosponsors of the legislation by state. The checklist will allow NAHC members to easily see which members of Congress have and have not yet cosponsored the legislation.

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