Rural Access to Hospice Act Introduced in Senate

Washington, DC (NAHC.org) April 28, 2017

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today introduced the Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation to improve seniors’ access to hospice care in rural America….

Hospice care is badly under-utilized in many heavily rural areas – a mere 32 percent of those eligible for hospice care in rural areas use it, compared to 48 percent in urban areas, according to a report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). In many rural areas, FQHCs and RHCs are the only source for primary care and that creates a pernicious and unnecessary barrier to hospice care in the countryside. The Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2017 will correct this error.

“This bipartisan bill improves access to hospice care for seniors in rural areas of the country, including New Hampshire,” said Senator Shaheen. “Granite Staters shouldn’t have to choose between giving up their primary care providers and receiving hospice care. This proposal will help patients and their families receive hospice care and the peace of mind that comes with continuing to see their trusted provider towards the end of life.”

 

Read this entire Hospice news story here.

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