Senate GOP Letter Expresses Concerns about Medicaid Access Rule

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On Thursday, February 15, eleven Senate Republicans sent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) a letter expressing concerns about the Medicaid Access rule its consequences. In the letter, the Senators write that they, “have significant concerns that the proposal could and will likely harm access for seniors and people with disabilities, particularly in rural […]

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Credit for Caring Introduced in Both Houses of Congress

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A bipartisan coalition of U.S. Senators and Representatives has reintroduced the Credit for Caring Act (S. 3702, H.R. 7165), a bill intended to bolster support for family caregivers nationwide. Spearheaded by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WVA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), alongside Representatives Linda […]

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Palliative & Hospice Workforce Legislation Re-Introduced in the Senate

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On Tuesday, July 11, 2023, a large bipartisan group of Senators, led by Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV) reintroduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (S.2243) (Bill text HERE; 1-pager summary HERE). Long a priority for NAHC and the broader end-of-life and serious illness care community, PCHETA would authorize funding for major investments to build, […]

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Home Health Leaders Applaud Bipartisan Introduction of the Preserving Access to Home Health Act of 2023

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (the Partnership) today commended Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for introducing Preserving Access to Home Health Act of 2023 to safeguard access to essential home-based, clinically advanced healthcare services by preventing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

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HCBS Access Act introduced in Congress

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Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to enhance and broaden Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The bill, the HCBS Access Act (S. 762/H.R. 1493, aims to address the long-standing problem of the waiting list for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) by putting home and community care on equal […]

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Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act Considered by Senate VA Committee

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Three U.S. Senators recently introduced the Elizabeth Dole Home Care Act, aimed at improving VA support for veterans and their caregivers. The legislation is named after former Senator Elizabeth Dole, who has been a longstanding champion for veterans and their caregivers. The act expands access to community-based services for aging veterans, enhances support for noninstitutional […]

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Preserving Access to Home Health Care Act Update

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Add your voice to ours! GO HERE to tell your elected representatives to support this legislation There is real momentum in the U.S. Congress for the Preserving Home Health Act of 2022, which is picking up supporters in both chambers.  In the Senate, we have added six new supporters since NAHC Report last updated you on the legislation. […]

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NAHC to Senate: Make Telehealth Access Permanent

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice has joined other health care stakeholders in writing a letter to leaders in both parties in the United States Senate, urging them to make permanent the current telehealth flexibilties created to deal with the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Expanded access to telehealth durng the PHE has […]

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Palliative & Hospice Workforce Development Legislation Re-Introduced in the Senate

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On Thursday, May 19th, US Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV) reintroduced the Palliative Care & Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) (S.4260) (Bill text HERE; 1-pager HERE). Long a priority for NAHC and the broader end-of-life and serious illness care community, PCHETA would authorize funding for major investments to build, support, and […]

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Senate Bill Aims to Speed Process of Prior Authorization for Medicare Advantage

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Bipartisan legislation introduced in the United States Senate would ease, standardize, and speed the process of prior authorization in Medicare Advantage plans. The Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act, would automate the prior authorization process in Medicare Advantage plans through electronic submission of prior authorization requests with real-time determinations by the MA plans. The legislation […]

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