O…M…G…. wasn’t that a blast? I hope you attendees had as much fun as the HAN staff. We are all recovering over here: going through your feedback forms, poking Members of Congress that need poking, and thanking Members who have already taken action. I am happy to report that Rep. Alcee Hastings (D, FL-20) and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, PA-08) have agreed to co-sponsor HR 3037, the Hospice Care Access Improvement Act, so special thanks to our advocates from these districts and the people who used Click2Call to advocate from home!
I have heard rumors of several Senators who are about to join the letter to CMS led by Senators Roberts (KS) and Warner (VA), so stay tuned for more news once that is official. No word yet on any more cosponsors for the Care Planning Act, but keep up with Click2Call, and hopefully we will see some movement there as well!
If you weren’t able to be with us in DC this week, (or if you were and aren’t exhausted…) Click2Call will remain open until next Wednesday, when the sign-on period for the Roberts/Warner letter closes. Please encourage your fellow hospice advocates to call their Members of Congress, and then get the word out through social media so that others can join in! Special thanks to the gang at AseraCare, who had almost, if not all of their locations call in, and sent us great pictures too!
On a personal note, I am SO THRILLED by how many of you have been engaging on social media! I have seen several new twitter accounts, and my feed is blowing up with hashtags, favorites, and retweets! Keep it up, and don’t forget to tag your Members of Congress!
We will keep you updated as our ‘asks’ continue to move around the Hill, and keep your eyes peeled for a special guest blog post, coming soon!
I will close with one of the lighter moments during #HAN15, courtesy of the Missouri Delegation. They were so busy, there was no time to stop for a snack, so they availed themselves of the Congressional Cafeteria it seems 🙂