During NAHC’s recent Strategic Planning Congress (for more information, please read the February 6 NAHC Report), participants had an opportunity to meet with their elected officials to advocate for home care and hospice services.
For example, delegates from New York, led by Joanne Cunningham, President of the Home Care Association of New York State and Sue Caputo, President of the Metropolitan Jewish Health System Home Care and Hospice, met with Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney to emphasize the importance of not impeding access to home care and hospice through cuts or additional copays both in New York as well as nationwide.
“Further provider cuts or home health copays would be devastating for New York’s home care system,” said HCA President Joanne Cunningham. “Under copays, patients would see a financial disincentive to obtain needed care. Another round of cuts would add to the growing financial distress of New York providers, 80 percent of whom are already operating in the red. We appreciate the New York Congressional Delegation’s support for home care during fiscal-cliff negotiations earlier this year and we stand united with NAHC in urging continued Congressional opposition to home care reductions or copays.”
NAHC members, supporters and allies all have a similar opportunity to meet with their elected officials to advocate on behalf of home care and hospice services during NAHC’s March on Washington | Private Duty Home Care Integrated Conference & Exposition, March 17 – 20.
The March on Washington offers home care and hospice providers the rare opportunity to learn about the latest developments in Medicare and Medicaid legislative, legal and regulatory policy AND to educate their elected officials on issues that have the greatest impact on their ability to deliver high quality, cost-effective home based services. The four-day meeting offers the perfect mix of educational sessions, addresses by leading home care and hospice advocates, and insights from political pundits.