Support the Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2016!
When patients enroll in hospice, they select a physician or nurse practitioner to serve as their attending physician. Unfortunately, a technical and billing issue prevents practitioners at Rural Health Centers (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) from serving as the hospice attending physician. Patients who receive their health care in those settings must either find a new provider (which is difficult in rural areas) or forego hospice care altogether. This is unfair.
Thankfully, Senators Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have introduced legislation that would allow RHC and FQHC clinicians to serve as the hospice attending physician. (Learn More Here). Take action below to encourage your Senator to co-sponsor this important legislation, and help ensure quality end-of-life care for ALL Americans, regardless of their location.
**UPDATE*** Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) joined together this week (7/11) to introduce the Rural Access to Hospice Act in the US House of Representatives. Please join with them to ask your Representative to support this common-sense, bipartisan legislation!