Rural Access to Hospice Act Reintroduced in Congress!

UPDATE: 4/27/2017

The Rural Access to Hospice Act is slated to be introduced in the Senate today! In the Senate, this bill is led by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Check out our original post on the House version of this bill (below) to learn more!


NHPCO’s Rural Access to Hospice Act was reintroduced in the House yesterday by Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI). In brief, the Rural Access to Hospice Act fixes a quirk in the law that prevents physicians at Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Centers from serving as their patients’ hospice attending physician. By fixing this barrier and allowing a physician at these special health centers to be paid by Medicare to be the hospice attending physician, we can improve access to hospice care in under-served and rural communities. You can read more about the bill here

Use this link to ask your Members of Congress to support this legislation! Then, forward the link: ( to all of your friends to help us reach as many Members of Congress as possible! Also feel free to share on Facebook and other Social Media! #HelpRuralHospice

2 thoughts on “Rural Access to Hospice Act Reintroduced in Congress!

  1. I am a registered nurse, hospice manager for a Hospice provider in rural Northern New Hampshire. We work with one RHC and three FQHCs. Often these providers are the ONLY providers who our Medicare beneficiaries have access to. The current law creates a huge barrier and does not promote appropriate, timely access to hospice care. Our area is already under-utilizing hospice services. It is imperative that the Rural Access to Hospice Act be passed to remove this unfair barrier and enable beneficiaries adequate access to this covered service.

  2. I am a CHPN working in a rural area. We have lots of Physicians Assistant. It is very frustrating that the PA’s that know them cannot follow through with there care. For that reason there are patients and families that do not utilize hospice. The use of PA’s should also be considered.

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