House of Representatives Passes Legislation Extending Medicare Sequestration Relief

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Bill extends the two percent Medicare sequestration moratorium until December 31, 2021

Yesterday evening, April 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1868, a bill to extend the two percent Medicare sequestration moratorium until December 31, 2021. The Senate passed this bill on March 25, 2021, and President Biden is expected to sign this legislation into law.

NHPCO advocated for suspension of the Medicare sequestration in light of COVID-19. This policy has supported hospices across the nation that are experiencing lost revenues and extraordinary expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 2, NHPCO joined five other medical associations in a letter encouraging Congress to extend the Medicare sequestration moratorium.

“In the midst of the pandemic, hospice providers have stepped up to address needs in their communities – from those with serious illnesses to those needing bereavement support and even vaccinations,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach. “We are thankful to Congress for passing this important legislation that will ensure hospices can continue to provide uninterrupted, high quality care to patients and families.”

NHPCO provider members can learn more about this legislation in the March 25, 2021 policy alert (requires website log-in for members).

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