Congress returns to Washington today for a few short weeks of work prior to an election recess scheduled to begin in October. There are a few “must-do” items they need to address during September, but the majority of legislative activity will be punted until after the November elections. Despite this delayed legislative timeline, political posturing and public debate on the “fiscal cliff” has already begun and is expected to kick into high gear with this week’s anticipated report from the Obama Administration on their plans for the implementation of sequestration.
Have questions regarding the “fiscal cliff” and/or sequestration? Wondering what they even are and how they might affect hospice? NHPCO's Office of Public Policy has prepared an in-depth analysis for you to be “in the know” before these issues start moving on the Hill.
Whatever the turnout of the elections, or the Administration’s implementation plan, NHPCO and the Hospice Action Network have been working for months to educate key policy makers on how these huge economic packages could impact access to high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care throughout the nation. You’ll be hearing more about these efforts and how you can get involved in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, this briefing paper gives you just enough information to be prepared for the future – in your program, and as a Hospice Advocate.
The issues surrounding the “fiscal cliff” are complex and there are many moving parts. We invite you to download our issue brief, "Policy Analysis: The Fiscal Cliff."