03/26/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/26/2020 16:21
For Immediate Release
March 26, 2020 (Updated 10:50 a.m.)
NHPCO heralds new legislation that addresses challenges facing hospice professionals
(Alexandria, Va) - After four days of intense negotiation, the Senate unanimously passed the third coronavirus emergency package, H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the ''CARES Act.' This is the largest aid package in American history. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) worked with Congress to ensure that this important legislation includes a number of provisions that will allow hospice providers to safely care for patients and family caregivers during the COVID-19 crisis:
The Appropriations portion of the legislation contains $330 billion in new funding to address the needs of the American people. The following provisions below were included in this portion of the legislation and could potentially benefit hospice and palliative care providers:
NHPCO applauds Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate leadership in recognizing the importance of ongoing and swift support to Americans as they face this national emergency.
Passage by the House of Representatives is expected, with the CARES Act reaching the President's desk this week.
'Since this public health crisis became apparent, NHPCO has been advocating on behalf of the hospice and palliative care community for measures that would support getting person-centered care to people that need it - most of whom will be in their homes. This is what hospice and community-based palliative care providers do so well.' stated Edo Banach, President and CEO of NHPCO.
'Flexibilities are needed to meet these very challenging circumstances and we are heartened to see some measures that we have been advocating for were included in the stimulus legislation that the Senate passed today.' added Banach.
NHPCO looks forward to our continued collaboration with Congress and the Administration as we work together to address the evolving needs of a country facing a national emergency.
As the attention of the world remains focused on COVID-19, NHPCO offers relevant and timely resources for community-based hospice providers serving patients and families where they live at nhpco.org/coronavirus.
Vice President, Communications