Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
The Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act of 2014 (H.R. 5232) was introduced on July 28 by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Rep. Todd Young (R-IN). If passed, the bill would require hospitals to verbally or orally update patients who are “under observation” for more than 24 hours about their status
U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) released Expanding Opportunity in America, his anti-poverty plan which would combine several programs serving low-income households and provide grants directly to the states.
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS Health and Human Services
(HHS) Subcommittee has released the text of its draft bill and
accompanying committee report. It is important for us to continue to contact our members of Congress to
request them to increase the funding for the Aging and Disability
resource Centers and Elder Justice Initiative; and include funding for
the Holocaust Survivors Fund and the White House Conference on Aging.
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.