Extend CARES Act Relief for Healthcare Providers: Ask Your Legislators to Support H.R. 315
During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), Congress and CMS have provided important financial relief and relaxed regulatory requirements that have helped healthcare providers nationwide maintain high quality care under unprecedented conditions.
While many of these measures were slated to continue throughout the duration of the PHE, one very significant form of relief, the suspension of the broad 2% Medicare sequester cut in the original CARES bill was only slated to last through Dec. 31, 2020. Congress has since extended this relief for an additional 90 days, but a long-term solution is needed protect HME and other healthcare suppliers through the end of the PHE.
Reps. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and David McKinley (R-W.V.) have introduced fresh legislation in the 117th Congress to further extend this much-needed relief. H.R. 315 would continue a pause of 2% Medicare sequester cuts through the duration of the public health emergency.
The Biden Administration recently signaled their intent to keep the COVID-19 PHE in effect through at least the end of 2021. Aligning the suspension of the Medicare sequester cut through the end of the PHE will give home medical equipment suppliers and other healthcare providers a stable measure of relief to help offset the higher costs and new operational challenges associated with treating patients during the pandemic.
AAHomecare has joined a coalition of major medical groups calling for Congress to extend this relief for the duration of the COVID-19 PHE. Please reinforce this effort by sharing a letter asking your Senators and Representative to support and co-sponsor H.R. 315.
Please feel free to edit the attached letter to include any relevant details on your company’s efforts to serve patients during the PHE and how continuing to pause the 2% sequestration cuts will help you meet the challenges ahead.