Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
We are pleased to report that Medicare sequestration will not be extended to pay for international trade legislation. Hundreds of you joined us in advocating against using Medicare as a piggy bank to pay for programs unrelated to health care for seniors. Your voices were heard!
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 1650), a bipartisan bill that would make changes to Medicare’s home health face-to-face encounter requirements.
On June 24, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed 12 bills, including the Community Based Independence for Seniors Act (S. 704), as modified, and the PACE Innovation Act (S. 1362). The legislation will be considered by the full Senate.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Independence at Home Demonstration that was a provision in the Affordable Care Act demonstrated higher quality care and lower Medicare expenditures in its first performance year. In the first performance year, 17 participating practices served over 8,400 Medicare beneficiaries.
The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives marked up the 2016 appropriations bill on June 17. This is the first step toward having a 2016 budget for the Administration for Community Living.