Call Your Senators re: Better Care Reconciliation Act
June 27, 2017
Many of ASPEN’s US members have inquired as to the impact of the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act on their patients. Though much is still unknown as to the final form this legislation will take, a Senate vote is targeted to take place this week. Now is the time for our Senators to hear from us and, most importantly, that they understand the needs of patients requiring nutrition support therapy.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, under the Better Care Reconciliation Act, as currently drafted, the number of uninsured individuals will increase to 22 million by 2026. Based on our Sustain Registry data, 74% of children on Home PN are covered by Medicaid, and 35% of adults on Home PN are on Medicare. Regardless of age, individuals requiring life-saving tube feeding or intravenous nutrition may be left without the insurance to cover it.
It is critical that your Senators hear from you! Please contact your senators and urge them to work toward a bipartisan solution to the short-comings of our health care system and to vote No on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. We urge you to:
- Emphasize the importance of affordable coverage for all; and
- Let them know that the current bill is potentially devastating to many in need of nutrition support and other critical therapies.
ASPEN wants to ensure that health care coverage is accessible and affordable to all patients. Our ASPEN Public Policy Agenda drives our position on draft legislation and the objectives include active advocacy for high priority issues pertaining to nutrition support by, among other things:
- Working on patient access to nutrition care through changing reimbursement;
- Advocating for fair reimbursement to ensure that beneficiaries of government funded health programs receive the highest quality nutrition support care;
- Sponsoring the concept of a fair marketplace that does not jeopardize the provision of safe and quality nutrition support; and
- Supporting reimbursement for nutrition clinician services to improve patient care.
The ASPEN Public Policy Committee will continue to advocate to meet these objectives and share our efforts and calls to action with the membership, particularly as the administration and Congress continue to work on health care legislation.