With the challenges currently facing home health and hospice agencies it is imperative that as an industry continue to deliver a strong, unified message to the members of the Pennsyvlania delegation in Washington.
When meeting with Members of Congress, whether in the district in Washington, feel free to use these talking points on the following topics:
If you have any questions concerning these topics or other advocacy issues contact Eric Kiehl
, PHA public affairs director, at (800) 382-1211, ext. 26.
Federal Legislative Updates
This is a digested list of the federal bills that PHA is currently monitoring. It is compiled of those bills which are of the highest priority to PHA members. If you would like to know the PHA's position on a bill that is not listed below, please contact Eric Kiehl, PHA public affairs director.
The THOMAS website, hosted by the Library of Congress, makes federal legislative information freely available to the public. The database allows individuals to access bills and resolutions, committee information, activity in Congress and much more.
Legislative Action Center
The Legislative Action Center allows you to contact your federal and state legislators directly about issues that concern your agency and the consumers you serve. The PA Homecare Association routinely posts messages in the center for providers to use in delivering messages to lawmakers. Visit the Action Center frequently or watch for Alerts from PHA about how you can use the center to advocate on behalf of home health, homecare and hospice.
Click here for a complete list of the Pennsylvania Delegation.
Federal Legislative Process
Anyone may draft a bill; however, only members of Congress can introduce legislation, and by doing so become the sponsor(s). There are four basic types of legislation: bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions and simple resolutions. The official legislative process begins when a bill or resolution is numbered - H.R. signifies a House bill and S. a Senate bill - referred to a committee and printed by the Government Printing Office. All bills and resolutions are posted on the Federal Government website.