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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2863, 3/14/2016
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Improve Home Health Access: Ask Congress to Allow Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to Certify Medicare Home Health Services
Senior Groups Comment Regarding Long-Term Care Financing and Delivery to House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee
For Your Information: NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
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Improve Home Health Access: Ask Congress to Allow Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to Certify Medicare Home Health Services

One of the top legislative priorities at this year’s National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) March on Washington Conference is to advance legislation that would allow Nurse Practitioners and physician assistants to certify Medicare home health services. As previously reported, it is particularly important to attend this year’s March on Washington given the number of pressing issues that require advocacy, and this legislation is one of the most important. The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578 / H.R. 1342) is currently before both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. NAHC is committed to securing additional cosponsors for this important bill in order to ensure it moves through the legislative process. Additional cosponsors will increase the likelihood of the legislation being scored by the Congressional Budget Office, which is a prerequisite for nearly every bill to be approved by a full committee in either the Senate or House.

The effort to build the list of bipartisan cosponsors has been highly successful so far. However, home care and hospice advocates must take action during the March on Washington to ensure it continues to build momentum and becomes law. The day of meetings with Congress during the March on Washington provides an ideal opportunity to ask your members of Congress who have not yet done so to cosponsor the bill. The Senate legislation currently has 46 cosponsors, with support most recently from Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Rob Portman (R-OH). The House legislation currently has 176 cosponsors, with most recent additions being Reps. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10), Rod Blum (R-IA-1), and Tim Walberg (R-MI-7).

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Senior Groups Comment Regarding Long-Term Care Financing and Delivery to House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) recently sent a letter to the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health commenting on a recent hearing by the Subcommittee on the topic of long-term services and supports (LTSS) financing and delivery. The LCAO comments noted the need to address the current lack of a comprehensive LTSS financing and delivery system, as well as the need to end the institutional bias in Medicaid by making it easier for people to receive home and community-based services. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) previously submitted its own separate comments to the Subcommittee on the topic (see previous NAHC Report coverage here and here).

NAHC is a member of LCAO, a 72-member coalition of the nation’s non-profit organizations serving older Americans. LCAO is dedicated to preserving and strengthening the well-being of America’s older population and provides a voice for seniors and their families in the ongoing debate on aging policy.

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NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, April 3–5, 2016

NAHC is hosting the 2016 March on Washington Conference in the splendid city of Washington, DC. Now is a critical point as we face new rules that could challenge our mission to serve America’s aged, disabled, and ill. Join us as we work to make home care and hospice the center of health care in our country.

The nation’s capital is the heart of legislative activity that affects home care and hospice. That makes it the perfect place to raise awareness of the vital work we do. Together, we can deliver a unified message to those who make the policies that shape our business. Take advantage of this chance to lobby your lawmakers, connect with colleagues, and attend educational sessions led by experts in our field.

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