Congressman Rooney Cosponsors Bill to Allow Ancillary Health Care Professionals Sign Medicare Home Health Plans of Care

Rep. Rooney

HCAF is excited to announce that our recent advocacy efforts in support of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act have proven successful!

On Monday, Congressman Tom Rooney, a Republican representing the 16th District (Port Charlotte, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach), joined Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Tampa as the bill’s second cosponsor.

Introduced in June 2011, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 227, H.R. 2267) would allow nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives and physician assistants to sign Medicare home health plans of care. To date, the bill has 105 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, and has a strong chance of passing.

According to a study by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, the bill could save the Medicare program $273.1 million by 2020, and would expand access to home health care in rural areas.

Click here to send Congressman Rooney a thank you note for standing up for the Florida home care industry!

Since the bill was introduced, Florida home care professionals have sent more than 800 letters to members of Congress urging their support. With a Democrat and Republican representative now supporting the bill, we have the opportunity to get more support for this bipartisan legislation from Florida’s remaining 25 members of Congress.

Click here to send an email to Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio and your representative asking them to cosponsor the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act!

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