Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
On June 26, the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act was introduced in both houses of Congress. The legislation not only puts forth specific additional reporting requirements for post-acute care providers, but also sets the stage for overhauling the Medicare payment methodology for these services.
On May 19, Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) introduced the Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care Act of 2014 (H.R. 4673), affectionately referred to as the "BACPAC" bill. While it is unlikely this will move forward during this Congress, the ideas of assuming risk for post-acute care coordination and bundled payment models with closed networks is likely to be a theme we will see more of in future years.
With the U.S. Senate poised to vote on fiscal year 2015 funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), we have contacted every senator to urge support for language allowing HUD to use remaining 2014 funds, residual receipts, collections and other unobligated balances to keep the newly authorized housing with supportive services demonstration program moving forward in the next fiscal year. Appropriators in the U.S. House of Representatives included more restrictive language in their version of the spending bill. We will continue working to preserve the Senate language as the fiscal 2015 spending process continues.
On June 5, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal 2015 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill similar to the measure previously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. Although both measures provide a small increase in funding for Section 202 housing above the level available this year, we are concerned about the underfunding of Section 8 project-based rental assistance and the housing with supportive services demonstration program.
On June 5, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Sylvia Burwell as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The agency administers Medicare, Medicaid, health care reform, federally funded medical research and Older Americans Act home and community-based services. We look forward to working with Secretary Burwell on these programs which are critically important to the older adults we serve.