CMS Updates Spousal Impoverishment Standards and Medicaid Savings Program Resource Levels

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On November 14th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an information bulletin that provided information about annual updates to the income standards for certain eligibility groups. A number of eligibility criteria for older adults and people with disabilities are based on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program’s Federal Benefit Rate (FBR). In […]

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Democrats Introduce Legislation to Invest in HCBS, Increase Worker Pay

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Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate unveiled legislation, the Better Care Better Jobs Act,  yesterday to implement the Biden administration’s goal of spending hundreds of billions of dollars on home-based care in the coming years. The legislation would give states far more money to invest in and expand home-and-community-based care programs. States […]

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Democrats Introduce Legislation to Invest in HCBS, Increase Worker Pay

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Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate unveiled legislation, the Better Care Better Jobs Act,  yesterday to implement the Biden administration’s goal of spending hundreds of billions of dollars on home-based care in the coming years. The legislation would give states far more money to invest in and expand home-and-community-based care programs. States would […]

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NAHC Supports the Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act

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Eleven Senators, including Bob Casey (D-PA), a close friend of NAHC and the home care community, have introduced the Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act (S.1099) to permanently protect against spousal impoverishment in the Medicaid program.  Historically, when one part of a married couple was in need of Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS), their spouse has been […]

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Federal Short-Term Spending Measure Contains Good News for Home Care & Hospice

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On Wednesday September 30, the United States Senate approved a Continuing Resolution (CR), a short-term funding measure, averting a shutdown and providing government funding into December, and several provisions in the CR are helpful for home care and hospice. Key among these is relaxations on how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is to […]

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NAHC to Congress: Make Spousal Impoverishment Protection and Money Follows the Person Program Permanent

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge leaders in both houses of Congress to pass the permanent extension of the Money Follows the Person Program (MFP) and Spousal Impoverishment Protections included in the bipartisan Drug Pricing Reduction and Health and Human Services Improvement Act […]

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Legislation to Extend Key Home Care Programs Proposed in Senate

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Bipartisan leadership of the Senate Finance Committee has announced proposed legislation providing for the extension of several programs within Medicare and Medicaid. Commonly referred to as an “extenders package” the legislation provides for the continuation of programs that are currently on track to exhaust their current funding allocation. Notable to home care and hospice providers […]

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The Year in Review: Home Health and Hospice in Congress in 2019

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Congress Actively Pursued Key Home Health and Hospice Concerns NAHC scored some big victories for patients and providers While 2019 was frequently marked by intense partisan wrangling in Congress, a year-end review by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) shows that elected officials still found time to pursue a number of issues […]

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NAHC Urges Congress to Extend Key Legislation for Home Care Patients

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a group of like-minded organizations to urge Congress pass a long-term extension of the Money Follows the Person Program (MFP). While we have appreciated the short-term extensions passed this Congress, a long-term extension of five years — the length of time included in the […]

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Senate Approves Key Bill to Extend Money Follows the Person, Spousal Impoverishment Protection

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On Thursday, July 24, the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent an extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, as well as protections against spousal impoverishment for recipients of home and community based services (HCBS). The extension provides funding through the end of the calendar year. This is the latest in […]

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Measures to Enhance Home Care and Prevent Spousal Impoverishment Advance in Congress

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Late Tuesday night the House of Representatives passed H.R.3253, the Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access, and Strengthening Accountability Act. This legislation extends the Medicaid Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, as well as spousal impoverishment protections for four and a half years. The bill was led by Representatives Dingell (D-MI), Guthrie (R-KY), Pallone (D-NJ), Walden (R-OR), […]

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NAHC Policy Win: Short-Term Extension of Key Medicaid Programs Passes Congress

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The United States Senate joined the House of Representatives in overwhelmingly approving a short-term extension of the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Program and the spousal impoverishment protections under Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS). The Senate voted to approve the extensions on April 2, 2019; just a few days after the House approved the […]

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