SUPPORT H.R. 1284 THE MEDICARE PATIENT ACCESS TO HOSPICE ACT

Physician assistants (PAs) provide high-quality, cost-effective medical care in virtually all healthcare settings, and they are one of three
types of healthcare professionals that provide primary medical care.  Unfortunately, outdated policies prevent PAs from being able to provide hospice care to their Medicare patients.  In response, we have recently introduced
H.R. 1284 the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act, which would remove this harmful barrier to care. The text is identical to H.R. 1202 from the 114th Congress.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3447: Address the Crisis of Medication Non-Adherence

We ask that you join us in cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to improve coordination of care for our nation’s Medicare beneficiaries. H.R. 3447, The Furthering Access to Coordinated Treatment for Seniors (FACTS) Act of 2017 takes serious strides to address
the crisis of medication nonadherence, estimated to be responsible for $300 billion in annual health care costs and 125,000 annual preventable deaths.

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Join Us: “Help Improve Access for OTC Medications”

With health care costs continuing to skyrocket, American families and small businesses have been addressing these rising costs on their own, and by turning to consumer driven products like Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs).
These accounts allow plan participants to set aside their own dollars on a pre-tax basis to pay for health care expenses, giving individuals control over their health care decisions and the method by which to pay for that care.

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Support Rural Hospitals to Recruit and Retain

Throughout the nation, rural areas are experiencing a shortage of physicians.  To help address this problem in the surgical setting, we have reintroduced the Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act (H.R. 2881).  This bill will allow certain rural hospitals
to use Medicare Part A funds on a “pass-through” basis to attract and retain physician anesthesiologists. It is identical to the bill from the 114th Congress.

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Nursing Programs: Update and Remove Unnecessary Conflict

We invite you to cosponsor, H.R. 662, the Making Educating Nurses Dependable for Schools (MEND) Act in order to protect hospital based-nursing programs across the United States as they face conflicting regulatory requirements from Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) and their accreditation bodies. As America’s health care needs evolve, these programs provide our nurses with the quality education necessary to serve their communities by providing the world-class care that Americans expect and deserve.
This is identical legislation to the MEND Act introduced in the 114th Congress.

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Urgent Action Needed to Extend Patient Access to Care

We are writing to request your support for bipartisan legislation to provide regulatory relief for America’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and small, rural hospitals and to protect access to outpatient therapeutic services for patients living in rural
communities. Last year, H.R. 5613 was included in the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.

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SUPPORT H.R. 1284 THE MEDICARE PATIENT ACCESS TO HOSPICE ACT

Physician assistants (PAs) provide high-quality, cost-effective medical care in virtually all healthcare settings, and they are one of three types of healthcare professionals that provide primary medical care.  Unfortunately, outdated policies prevent PAs
from being able to provide hospice care to their Medicare patients.  In response, we have recently introduced
H.R. 1284 the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act, which would remove this harmful barrier to care. The text is identical to H.R. 1202 from the 114th Congress.

Read More