Federal Government: Legislation
There are numerous pieces of legislation in Washington, D.C. that affect home care. Bill text can be viewed by visiting Thomas, the Library of Congress bill search system. Paste the bill number in the "search bill text" box, click the "bill number" button underneath and click "search."
111th Congress Legislation of Interest
The Home Health Care Access Protection Act (S.3315/HR.5803)
- This bill establishes a transparent and thorough process for reviewing home care usage that will result in a more comprehensive analysis and better policy. The legislation is needed to prevent unfounded regulatory case-mix cuts on a prospective basis.. HCP sent a letter to the New York Congressional Delegation urging support for the bill.
The Home Health Care Planning Act (H.R.4933)
- This legislation will help to manage appropriately the rising number of elderly and disanled citizens seeking home care by allowing physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives to order home health services in accordance with state law. HCP sent a letter to the New York Delegation seeking support for the bill.
Employee Free Choice Act (H.R.1409/S.560)
- The "Employee Free Choice Act" allows a union to be certified through a "card check" process and without a secret ballot election. HCP vehemently opposes this attempt to circumvent and undermine employee free choice and the democratic process. Visit HCP's Legislative Action Center to send a letter to Congress opposing this legislation.
The Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R.1176/S.478)
- Opposition bill to the "Employee Free Choice Act" to amend the National Labor Relations Act to ensure the right of employees to a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
The Medicare Rural Home Health Preservation Act (S.1123)
- Seeks to reinstate the Medicare home health 5% rural add-on for five years beginning on January 1, 2010. HCP supports this legislation and is seeking sponsorship from the New York Congressional Delegation.
The Advance Planning and Compassionate Care Act of 2009 (S.1150)
- This legislation encompasses several hospice recommendations from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and addresses other hospice issues including expanding the hospice benefit to Medicaid and studying the use of telemedicine for hospice patients.
The MedPAC Reform Act (HR.2718/S.1110)
- Makes MedPAC an independent executive branch (instead of a legislative branch) agency and directs MedPAC to determine payment rates for items and services furnished under Medicare.
The Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2009 (S.1157)
- The “Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act” reinstates for one year the rural add-on and commissions pilot programs to utilize and study remote telemonitoring, or telehealth. Additionally, the bill would expand on the health professional roles able to certify home health plans of care.