Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019

The "Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019" was introduced January 31, 2019 by Senator Collins (R-ME) and Senator Cardin (D-MD); House version introduced by Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL-9) on April 9, 2019. This legislation would allow nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants to order Medicare home health care.

S. 296 has 15 bipartisan coponsors. H.R. 2150 also has 15 bipartisan cosponsors. This legislation has the support of a broad stakeholder community, including the major nurses associations. ElevatingHOME and other stakeholders will focus in the coming weeks on securing additional cosponsors for this important legislation.