by Andrew Mangione – Today, AMAC is pleased to offer support to a legislative issue on which we have been leading the charge: Medicare home healthcare. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) has introduced H.R. 2504, the “Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013.” This bill specifically enables highly skilled medical professionals – such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives – to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries. Permitting these medical providers to order home health services will help to expedite patient care, prevent patients from moving into costly institutions, and increase access to quality health care for homebound seniors residing in rural areas. H.R. 2504 is projected to save the Medicare program $100 million over ten years – savings that are made possible by the commonsense steps set forth in this bill to reduce unnecessary, duplicative burdens on health care providers and patients. AMAC remains concerned that ObamaCare’s recent cuts to Medicare home healthcare will place a greater financial and operational strain on the program and the homebound patients who desperately need these services. AMAC will continue to work to protect and strengthen Medicare home healthcare when possible, and we ardently believe H.R. 2504 is a critical first step in achieving this goal.
AMAC Letter of Support for H.R. 2504
February 6th, 2014
The Honorable Greg Walden
2nd District, Oregon
U.S. House of Representatives
2182 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Walden,
On behalf of the more than 1.1 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing to offer our unwavering support for H.R. 2504, the “Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013.” This bipartisan piece of legislation strengthens the delivery of home health services and expands needed access to home health care for individuals living in rural areas.
To ensure that older Americans and disabled citizens have timely access to essential home health services provided under Medicare, H.R. 2504 enables physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries. These high-skilled medical professionals play a pivotal role in the delivery of home health care; yet, they are currently prohibited from ordering home health services. Allowing additional medical providers to order home health services will expedite patient care, prevent patients from moving into costly institutions, and increase access to quality health care for homebound seniors living in rural regions across the country.
If enacted, H.R. 2504 is projected to save Medicare approximately $100 million over ten years. These savings are made possible by the commonsense steps set forth in the bill to reduce unnecessary and duplicative burdens on health care providers and patients in need of home health services. Home health care has a proven record of reducing the need for expensive hospitalizations and relieving the burdens of vulnerable seniors – making H.R. 2504 imperative to securing and enhancing this benefit for both current and future Medicare beneficiaries.
As the fastest-growing conservative seniors organization in the country, AMAC remains very concerned about the future of Medicare home health care. Unfortunately, recent cuts to Medicare home health care by ObamaCare will place a greater financial and operational strain on the program and the important demographic it exists to serve. Thanks to your concern for homebound Americans and this issue, AMAC is pleased to support H.R. 2504.
President and Founder of AMAC