We need your voice! Please reach out to your elected officials on these important issues.
Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act
The Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act was introduced on Jan. 28, 2015 as (S. 275 / H.R. 605) and ensures that Medicare beneficiaries can receive infusion treatments in the home. Infusion therapy is fully covered by Medicare in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs), and physician offices, but not in the home. The bill provides a pathway for reimbursement for the professional services, supplies and equipment associated with infusion therapy in the home under Medicare Part B, thus enabling the current Part D coverage of infusion drugs to become meaningful for Medicare beneficiaries. The bill also would require the Secretary to develop quality standards to ensure the safe and effective provision of therapy. This bill would enable the Medicare program to realize the efficiencies and positive outcomes that home infusion therapy has brought to private sector patients for decades. ASPEN asks that you support this bill. Access the legislation and supporting documents via the NHIA website. January 2015 clinician provider, home care companies, and patient/caregiver published results on insurance and nutrition therapy coverage issues. Use these results to support this legislation.
Support the Expanding Nutrition's Role in Curricula and Healthcare Act or the ENRICH Act
The All Bill for H.R.1411 - ENRICH Act - 114th Congress (2015-2016) was introduced in the House on March 17, 2015 and requires the Health Resources and Services Administration to establish a program of three-year competitive grants to accredited medical schools for the development or expansion of an integrated nutrition and physical activity curriculum. The curriculum must: (1) be designed to improve communication and provider preparedness in the prevention, management, and reversal of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer; and (2) address additional topics regarding individuals in at-risk populations, as practicable, including physical activity and training programs, food insecurity, and malnutrition.
Funding for Nutrition Research
The President released his fiscal year 2016 budget for Congress and there were many positive inclusions for ASPEN’s priorities of interest including: commitment to research and precise medical treatments, commitment to improved access to treatment, and staunch research funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. For more detail on the healthcare and research issues, refer to this HHS budget fact sheet.
Parenteral Nutrition Drug Shortages
ASPEN members and constituents have been dealing with ongoing PN drug shortage for several years. Despite the passage of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act in 2012, PN component shortages continue. We encourage all to contact their legislators to express support for further legislation and action on this important topic. Together we can really make a difference with this issue. Please take the time to write to your legislator today and spread the word to your colleagues and friends. See more information on contacting your legislator below.
Please send an email letter to your Legislators
Don't know your elected officials? It's simple:
- Visit www.congress.gov/members
- Search by state or territory
- Click on the elected official
- Click on contact
- Insert your message and submit
Tips for a good letter:
- Make it personal - tell them who you are
- Make it short
- Stay on point - address only one topic
- Cite a specific bill - by number if possible
- Send the letter by email
- Send it to your legislator only - put your home address and zip code in the letter (many legislators will only accept emails from their own constituents)