NAHC celebrates the beginning of its 30th year, continues to fight the last great civil rights battle
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Barbara D. Woolley
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2011) Today, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will enter its 30 th year as an organization devoted to advocating on behalf of care givers and the patients in need of home care or hospice care. NAHC recognizes the right for patients to be cared for in their homes as Americas last great civil rights battle and pledges to continue to defend that right.
There are few, if any, more difficult or vulnerable times people will ever face in life than when in hospice or in need of home care, says NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.
In 1982, after the merger of two smaller entities, the National Association for Home Health Agencies and the Council of Home Health Agencies, NAHC started with 200 members. Today, NAHC membership has grown to more than 6,000 members.
In the coming year, NAHC intends to continue service to its members as representative voice on Capitol Hill. Its Regulatory Affairs division stays abreast of current federal regulations and government policies that affect an agencys day to day operations as well as its long term business planning. Current legislative issues which NAHC is following include: securing the central role of home care and hospice in health care delivery reform, defeating the sick tax efforts to impose a fee to be paid by patients to access Medicare home health and hospice services, ensuring adequate and appropriate Medicare payments for home health and hospice service to protect access to care, repealing or reforming Medicare home health and hospice face-to-face encounter requirements, and protecting and expanding access to home care and hospice services under Medicaid.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nations 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 10 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC visit www.nahc.org.