Posted Sunday, March 21, 2021
On March 31, 2021 the suspension of the 2% Medicare sequestration will expire, which means rates of payments will go down 2% beginning April 1. Congress is actively considering legislation that will extend the sequestration suspension. Home health and hospice is an essential service during the ongoing pandemic, with more infected patients under care at home than other settings and patients with higher care needs shifting to home care for safe and effective care. Sequestration will reduce already stressed resources.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to debate H.R. 1868, legislation that would continue the sequestration suspension, on Tuesday, March 16. That bill would also avoid a 4% Medicare rate cut that is triggered by the recently passed Covid stimulus legislation.
The Senate is expected to consider similar legislation known as the Medicare Sequestration Relief Act, S.748 to suspend the sequestration cut through the Public Health Emergency.
NAHC is urging you to contact your congressional delegation with a message offering support for extending the moratorium of sequestration cuts to Medicare. Please pass this message to your coworkers and colleagues as the number of voices matters. Time is of the essence on this matter.
Source: NAHC Report
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