Rural Access to Hospice Act Reintroduced in Congress!
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: (http://hospiceactionnetwork.org/han-in-action/lac/action-alert/take-action-rural-2017/#/15/) 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