Wyden Recognizes Bipartisan Health Care Accomplishments, Charts Next Steps on Chronic Care

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) spoke this week at the Bipartisan Policy Center to honor the leadership of retiring Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on the passage of the CHRONIC Care Act, and to offer ideas on additional improvements that could be made to update the Medicare guarantee for seniors now and into the future. The event focused on the CHRONIC Care Act, which passed earlier this year and has entered the implementation phase. 

Overview of the CHRONIC Care Act:
The first provision of the new legislation allows for Medicare coverage for telemedicine. Along with expanding telemedicine coverage under Medicare Advantage Plan B in 2020 and giving Accountable Care Organizations more freedom to use telemedicine, key provisions in the CHRONIC bill extend the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ home-based primary care teams for people with multiple chronic conditions. The bill would extend this “Independence at Home” demonstration to two years and increase the maximum allowable number of Medicare beneficiaries in the program from 10,000 to 15,000. 

VNAA and ElevatingHOME look forward to working with the new 116th Congress starting in January, to help implement the provisions of this great legislation and continue to collaborate with our thought leaders on ways to improve our delivery systems.

Video of the event available here

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