Federal Legislation Tracker

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Last updated: 4/7/2021

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Date Introduced Bill # Title Status Summary  LeadingAge Position
4/21/2020 H.R.266 Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act Became Law This bill authorizes new funding for key programs that are important for providers engaged in fighting COVID.  The Senate measure includes $300B more for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program; more than $50B for other SBA emergency loans; $75B more for the fund we call the Provider Relief Fund; and $25B for testing, with federal, state and local obligations to identify how they will implement testing. Support
1/17/2019 H.R. 647 Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act Passed House This bill seeks to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine. Related bill S.2080. Support
1/23/2019 H.R. 728 Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act Introduced This bill extends federal nursing workforce development programs through 2024. The legislation adds "the elderly" to the groups of underserved and high-risk populations on which efforts to strengthen capacity for basic nurse education and practice are to focus. Support
1/31/2019 S. 299 Geriatrics Workforce Improvement Act Introduced This bill Increases training in geriatrics among health care professionals and fund training oppurtunities for direct care workers. Support
1/31/2019 S.296 Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019 Introduced This bill allows Medicare payment for home health services ordered by a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse-midwife, or a physician assistant. Currently, coverage is provided only for services ordered by a physician. Related bill H.R. 2150 Support
2/7/2019 S.386 Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act Passed Senate This bill increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15%, and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas. It also removes an offset that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China. Monitoring
2/7/2019 H.R 1044 Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act Passed Senate This bill increases the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7% of the total number of such visas available that year to 15%, and eliminates the 7% cap for employment-based immigrant visas. It also removes an offset that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China. Monitoring
2/11/2019 S.433 Home Health Payment Innovation Act of 2019 Introduced This bill removes the behavior assumption adjustments for Medicare FFS home health PPS and offers homebound waivers for MA. Related bill H.R. 2573 Support
2/14/2019 H.R.1265 Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act Introduced This bill ends the mandatory certified nursing assistant training lock-out Support
2/25/2019 H.R.1343 Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act Introduced This bill makes permanent certain provisions regarding Medicaid eligibility that protect against spousal impoverishment for recipients of home and community-based services. Under current law, these provisions expire on March 31, 2019. Support
2/25/2019 H.R.1342 EMPOWER Care Act Introduced This bill reauthorize Money Follows the Person for 5 years. Support
3/7/2019 H.R 1585 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Introduced This bill reauthorizes and makes changes to VAWA. Monitoring
3/12/2019 S. 755 Safe Housing for Families Act Introduced This bill requires carbon monoxide detectors in HUD-assisted housing; authorized funding. Related bill H.R.1690 Support
3/12/2019 H.R.1690 Safe Housing for Families Act Passed House This bill requires carbon monoxide detectors in HUD-assisted housing; authorized funding. Related bill S.755 Support
3/12/2019 H.R.1682 Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2019 Introduced This bill solves the Medicare "observation days" issue by counting all time a beneficiary spends in a hospital toward the 3- day stay requirement for coverage of post-acute care. Related bill S.753 Support
3/12/2019 S.753 Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2019 Introduced This bill solves the Medicare "observation days" issue by counting all time a beneficiary spends in a hospital toward the 3- day stay requirement for coverage of post-acute care. Related bill H.R.1682 Support
3/13/2019 S. 787 American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2019 Introduced This bill uses Estate Tax reform funds to address community housing needs. Related bill H.R.1737 Monitoring
3/13/2019 H.R.1737 American Housing and Economic Mobility Act of 2019 Introduced This bill uses Estate Tax reform funds to address community housing needs.. Related bill S.787 Monitoring
3/21/2019 H.R.1839 Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 Became Law This bill extends the Money Follows the Person Act and protection against impoverishment for spouses of Medicaid beneficiaries receiving long term services and support at home. Support
3/25/2019 H.R.1856 Ending Homelessness Act Introduced This bill authorizes significant new funding for HUD programs. Monitoring
3/28/2019 H.R.1987 Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act Introduced This bill authorizes grants to communities for ending homelessness. Related bill S.923 Monitoring
3/28/2019 S.923 Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act Introduced This bill authorizes grants to communities for ending homelessness. Related bill Monitoring
4/2/2019 H.R.2035 Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019 Passed House This bill reauthorizes the Lifespan Respite Care program through FY 2024 Support
4/9/2019 H.R.2150 Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019 Introduced The bills allows Medicare payment for home health services ordered by a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist, a certified nurse-midwife, or a physician assistant. Currently, coverage is provided only for services ordered by a physician. Support
4/10/2019 S. 1106 Rent Relief Act of 2019 Introduced This bill provides certain renters with refundable credits when rent exceeds 30% of their income. Related bill H.R.2169 Monitoring
4/9/2019 H.R.2169 Rent Relief Act of 2019 Introduced This bill provides certain renters with refundable credits when rent exceeds 30% of their income. Related bill S.1106 Monitoring
4/11/2019 S. 1184 HUD Inspection Process and Enforcement Reform Act of 2019 Introduced  This bill provides HUD inspection and enforcement changes. Support
4/11/2019 S.1190 Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2019 Introduced This bill seek to provide for payments for certain rural health clinic and federally qualified health center services furnished to hospice patients under the Medicare program. Related bill H.R.2594 Support
5/1/2019 S. 1270 Housing Accountability Act Introduced This bill requires HUD resident survey, remediation changes. Support
5/2/2019 S.1280 Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act of 2019 Introduced This bill changes the Medicare general enrollment period to October 15-December 31, and requires coverage to begin on the first day of the month following enrollment. (Currently, the general enrollment period is January 1-March 31, and coverage begins July 1.)The bill also requires Social Security account statements for individuals ages 60 to 64 to include information about Medicare eligibility, late enrollment penalties, coordination of benefits, and special enrollment populations (e.g., veterans). Related bill H.R 2477 Monitoring
5/8/2019 H.R.2594 Rural Access to Hospice Act of 2019 Introduced This bill seeks to provide for payments for certain rural health clinic and federally qualified health center services furnished to hospice patients under the Medicare program. Support
5/8/2019 H.R.2573 Home Health Payment Innovation Act of 2019 Introduced This bill removed the behavior assumption adjustments for Medicare FFS home health PPS and offers homebound waivers for MA Support
5/15/2019 H.R 2740 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020 Passed House This bill provides FY2020 appropriations for Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020. Monitoring
5/16/2019 H.R.2781 Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act Pass House This bill reauthorizes the Title VII Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) and the Geriatrics Academic Career Awards (GACAs) Program for five years. Support
5/16/2019 S.1536 Age-Friendly Communities Act of 2019 Introduced This bill amends the OAA and directs ACL to implements the new Interagency Coordinating Committee on Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities. Support
5/19/2019 H.R 2477

Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility  Simplification(BENES) Act of 2019 

Introduced This bill changes the Medicare general enrollment period to October 15-December 31, and requires coverage to begin on the first day of the month following enrollment. (Currently, the general enrollment period is January 1-March 31, and coverage begins July 1.)The bill also requires Social Security account statements for individuals ages 60 to 64 to include information about Medicare eligibility, late enrollment penalties, coordination of benefits, and special enrollment populations (e.g., veterans). Related bill S. 1280 Monitoring
5/21/2019 S.1583 Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act Introduced This bill requires owners of certain housing for children under 6 to meet certain standards. Monitoring
5/22/2019 S.1624 HEALS Act  Introduced

A bill to require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to improve services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and their families.

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5/23/2019 S. 660 Grandfamilies Act of 2019 Introduced This bill authorizes funding for a new grandfamily resident service coordinators in grandfamily housing. Related bill H.R.2967 Monitoring
5/23/2019 H.R.2967 Grandfamilies Act of 2019

Introduced

This bill authorizes funding for a new grandfamily resident service coordinators in grand family housing. Related bill S. 660 Support
6/3/2019 H.R.3055 FY20 HUD appropriations bill. Became Law This bill provides FY2020 appropriations for several federal departments and agencies. It includes 5 of the 12 regular FY2020 appropriations bills. Monitoring
6/4/2019 S. 1703 Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019 Introduced This bill expands and improves the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. Related bill H.R.3077 Monitoring
6/4/2019 H.R.3077 Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019 Introduced This bill expands and improves the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. Related bill S. 1703 Monitoring
6/11/2019 S. 1772 Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act Introduced This bill creates a task force to evaluate the shortage of affordable housing’s impact on other parts of the economy. Related bill H.R.3211 Monitoring
6/11/2019 H.R.3211 Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act of 2019 Introduced This bill creates a task force to evaluate the shortage of affordable housing’s impact on other parts of the economy. Related bill S. 1772 Monitoring
6/18/2019 H.R.3301 Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 Introduced; marked up This bill extends certain individual and business-related tax provisions, provides tax incentives for energy production and green economy jobs, eliminates the increase in the estate and gift tax unified credit after 2022, and provides disaster tax relief. Support
6/21/2019 H.R. 3398 Pathways to Health Careers Act of 2019 Passed House

This bill reauthorizes the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program before the current authorization expires on November 21, 2019. HPOG demonstration grants provide education, training, supportive services and career coaching to low-income individuals who are pursuing health care occupations. Providing funding for entry-level training for CNAs, Home Health Aides is part of the program, as well as mid-level and high-level trainings for other health care professions. The reauthorization allows skilled nursing facilities and nonprofit organizations to be included as an eligible entity to administer the HPOG projects.

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6/25/2019 H.R.3479 Save Affordable Housing Act of 2019 Introduced This bill ensures that properties financed with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits remain affordable for at least 30 years.Related bill S.1956 Monitoring
6/25/2019 S.1956 Save Affordable Housing Act of 2019 Introduced This bill ensures that properties financed with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits remain affordable for at least 30 years. Related bill H.R.3479 Monitoring
6/26/2019 HR 3516 Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2019 Introduced This bill expands Fair Housing Act’s protected classes to include, among others, housing voucher holders. Makes discriminating against someone because of how they pay their rent (e.g., with a voucher) illegal. Related bill S.1986 Monitoring
6/26/2019 S.1986 Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2019 Introduced This bill expands Fair Housing Act’s protected classes to include, among others, housing voucher holders. Makes discriminating against someone because of how they pay their rent (e.g., with a voucher) illegal. Related bill HR 3516 Monitoring
6/26/2019 H.R.3417 Beneficiary Education Tools, Telehealth, and Extenders Reauthorization (BETTER) Act of 2019 Introduced; marked up This bill expands telehealth for mental health; authorizes new quality measures for nursing homes, GAO study on post acute care. Support
7/10/2019 S. 2076 Fair Chance at Housing Act of 2019 Introduced This bill amends screening and evictions in federal housing assistance programs. Related bill H.R.3685 Support
7/10/2019 S.2080 Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act Introduced This bill seeks to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.Related bill H.R.647 Support
7/10/2019 H.R.3685 Fair Chance at Housing Act of 2019 Introduced This bill amends screening and evictions in federal housing assistance programs.Related bill S.2076 Support
7/25/2019 H.R. 4063 Medical Adult Day Services Act of 2019 Introduced This bill amends XVIII of the Social Secuirty Act to include coverage of certified adult day services under the Medicare program. Support
6/13/2019 H.R.3253 Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access, and Strengthening Accountability Act Became Law This bill extends spousal impoverishment provisions through 12/31/19; adds funds to Money Follows the Person. Temp fix while larger bills debated Support
9/16/2019 H.R. 4334 Support Older Adults Act of 2020 Resolving Differences This bill amends the Older Americans Act of 1965 to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2020 through 2024.  Support
9/19/2019 H.R. 4397 Direct Creation, Advancement, and Retention of Employment Opportunity Act Introduced This bill directs the Department of Labor to award grants to recruit, retain, or provide advancement opportunities to direct care workers. The term "direct care worker" includes home health aides, psychiatric aides, nursing assistants, and personal care aides who assist seniors and persons with disabilities in their homes. Related bill S. 2521 Support
9/19/2019 S. 2521 Direct CARE Opportunity Act Introduced

This bill directs the Department of Labor to award grants to recruit, retain, or provide advancement opportunities to direct care workers. The term "direct care worker" includes home health aides, psychiatric aides, nursing assistants, and personal care aides who assist seniors and persons with disabilities in their homes. Related bill H.R. 4397

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9/24/2019 H.R. 4468

 Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act

Introduced This bill amends  titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act with respect to nursing facility requirements, and for other purposes. Support
10/30/2019 S.2741 Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019 Introduced

This bill amends title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand access to telehealth services, and for other purposes.

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11/7/2019  S. 2807  Hospice Care Improvement Act of 2019 Introduced This bill would implement new rules for oversight and transparency, including public reporting of hospice survey results, providing education to hospices and surveyors related to quality issues, and establishing penalties for providers that have a track record of poor quality or instances of abuse or neglect. Support
11/21/2019 H.R. 5216 Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act of 2019 Introduced This bill revises minimum nurse staffing requirements for skilled nursing facilities under the Medicare program and for nursing facilities under the Medicaid program, and for other purpose.Related bill S. 2943 Monitoring
11/21/2019 S. 2943 Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act of 2019 Introduced This bill revises minimum nurse staffing requirements for skilled nursing facilities under the Medicare program and for nursing facilities under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes. Related bill H.R. 5216 Monitoring
12/9/2019 S.2997 Title VII Health Care Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 Introduced

This bill revises and extends health workforce programs under title VII of the Public Health Service Act.

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12/16/2019 S. 3057 Modernize the Older Americans Act of 1965  Introduced This bill reauthorizes and strengthens the Older Americans Act (OAA). Support
2/10/2020 H.R. 5821

Helping Our Senior Population in Comfort Environments (HOSPICE) Act

Introduced This bill amends title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish hospice program survey and enforcement procedures under the Medicare program, and for other purposes. Monitoring
5/29/2019 H.R.2878 Homecare for Seniors Act Introduced This bill allows tax-exempt distributions from health savings accounts (HSAs) to be used for qualified home care. Related bill S.3261 Support
1/24/2020 H.R.748 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Became Law

This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

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2/10/2020 S.3261 Homecare for Seniors Act Introduced This bill allows tax-exempt distributions from health savings accounts (HSAs) to be used for qualified home care. Related bill H.R.2878 Support
3/11/2020 S.3447 RUSH Act of 2020 Introduced This bill establishes a program through which qualified group practices may provide certain items and services that are normally provided at hospital emergency departments to individuals who (1) are entitled to Medicare hospital services, (2) are enrolled for Medicare medical services, and (3) reside in qualified skilled nursing facilities. Related bill H.R. 6209 Support
3/11/2020 H.R. 6209 RUSH Act of 2020 Introduced This bill establishes a program through which qualified group practices may provide certain items and services that are normally provided at hospital emergency departments to individuals who (1) are entitled to Medicare hospital services, (2) are enrolled for Medicare medical services, and (3) reside in qualified skilled nursing facilities. Related bill S.3447 Support
3/19/2020 H.R.6295 Protecting Our Elderly Residents Act of 2020 Introduced
This bill directs HUD to issue guidance to protect Section 202 and public housing residents from visitors.
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3/19/2020 H.R.6294 Improving Emergency Disease Response via Housing Act of 2020 Introduced This bill directs HUD to share with HHS database of senior housing communities so HHS can target outreach to this population.
 
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3/19/2020 S.3544 Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act of 2020 Introduced This bill increases funding for nursing home surveys to promote infection control, covers the cost of treatment for low-income seniors and boost the economy; and promotes HCBS services for people with disabilities and older adults during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and protects home health workers through Medicaid grants to the states to ensure that seniors and people with disabilities who need care at home can receive it. Related bill H.R 6305 Monitoring
3/19/2020 H.R 6305 Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act of 2020 Introduced This bill increases funding for nursing home surveys to promote infection control, covers the cost of treatment for low-income seniors and boost the economy; and promotes HCBS services for people with disabilities and older adults during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and protects home health workers through Medicaid grants to the states to ensure that seniors and people with disabilities who need care at home can receive it. Related bill S.3544 Monitoring
3/23/2020 H.R.6314 Emergency Rental Assistance Act of 2020 Introduced This bill authorizes $100B for rental assistance for persons or families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Support
3/23/2020 H.R.6368 State Housing Relief Act of 2020 Introduced This bill establishes a Housing Assistance Fund for state housing finance agencies to prevent homeowner mortgage defaults, foreclosures, and displacements of individuals and families experiencing financial hardship. Support
3/26/2020 H.R 6395 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 Passed Senate This bill authorizes FY2021 appropriations and sets forth policies for the Department of Defense (DOD) programs and activities, Monitoring
4/14/2020 H.R.6492 Ensuring HOMES Act Introduced
To provide forgivable loans to landlords who allow nonpayment of rent by tenants during, and through 60 days after, the emergency COVID-19 period.
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4/14/2020 H.R.6503 

Pandemic and Public Health Emergency Support for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Act

 

Introduced This bill provides an unspecified appropriation for Service Coordinators, ROSS, the Section 811 program, and other housing support services for the elderly to delay or avoid the need for nursing home care during COVID-19.
 
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4/17/2020 H.R.6515 Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act of 2020 Introduced This bill institutes a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments; relief fund for landlords and mortgage holders to cover losses; fund to finance purchase of private rental properties. Support
4/21/2020 H.R.6585 Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act Introduced The bill would require HHS to collect and report racial and other demographic data on COVID-19 testing, treatment, and fatality rates nationwide, and provide a summary of the final statistics and a report to Congress within 60 days after the end of the public health emergency. Monitoring
5/5/2020 H.R.6698 Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents and Workers During COVID-19 Act Introduced This bill will protect the health and well-being of both nursing home residents and workers by increasing infection prevention, quality of care, and worker safety; surging resources to the hardest hit nursing homes; mandating transparency and reporting of COVID-19 cases and fatalities; and requiring the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct better oversight, including inspections and guidance. Support
5/5/2020 S.3599 Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act Introduced This bill makes previously unused immigrant visas available to nurses and physicians who petition for such a visa before the date that is 90 days after the end of the declared national emergency relating to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak. Related bill H.R 6788 Monitoring
5/5/2020 H.R 6711 Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act Introduced

This bill provides for the procurement and distribution of equipment and supplies needed to combat COVID-19.

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5/8/2020 H.R 6788 Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act Introduced This bill makes previously unused immigrant visas available to nurses and physicians who petition for such a visa before the date that is 90 days after the end of the declared national emergency relating to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak. Related bill S.3599 Monitoring
5/12/2020 H.R.6800 HEROES Act Passed House

This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

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5/14/2020 H.R. 6873 Emergency Housing Assistance for Older Adults Act of 2020 Introduced This bill provides $1.2 billion housing package for rent and staffing supports, Service Coordinators, WiFi capability, and other assistance for the more than 1.1 million older adults served by federally-assisted housing. Related bill S.4177 Support
5/14/2020 H.R. 6881 Emergency Broadband Connections Act of 2020 Introduced This bill provides a benefit for broadband service during emergency periods relating to COVID–19, and for other purposes. Related bill S. 4095. Monitoring
5/19/2020 S.3768 Nursing Home COVID–19 Protection and Prevention Act of 2020 Introduced This bill establishes several programs and requirements to address the outbreak of COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) in skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, and psychiatric hospitals. Related bill H.R. 6972 Support
5/20/2020 S.3772 Protecting Our Seniors from the Pandemic Act Introduced To direct the Department of Health and Human Services to develop, submit, and allocate funding to advance a plan for efficiently building testing capacity for facilities serving significant populations of individuals aged 65 and older. Support
5/22/2020 H.R. 7006 Improving Care in Home Health Agencies Act Introduced This bill will allow for documented verbal orders for home health agencies during emergencies. Monitoring
5/22/2020 H.R. 6972 Nursing Home COVID–19 Protection and Prevention Act of 2020 Introduced This bill establishes several programs and requirements to address the outbreak of COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) in skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, and psychiatric hospitals. Related bill S.3768 Support
5/26/2020 H.R 7010 Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Became law This bill modifies provisions related to the forgiveness of loans made to small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program implemented in response to COVID-19 Monitoring
6/11/2020 H.R 2 Moving Forward Act Passed House This bill would provide $2.5 billion for HUD's Section 202 program for new housing, as well as the expansion of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. Support
6/24/2020 H.R 7301 Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020 Passed House This bill prevents evictions, foreclosures, and unsafe housing conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes. Monitoring
6/25/2020 S. 4078 The Emergency Affordable Housing Act of 2020 Introduced This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve the low-income housing credit and provide relief relating to the coronavirus emergency, and for other purposes. Monitoring
6/29/2020 S. 4095 Emergency Broadband Connections Act of 2020 Introduced This bill provides emergency benefits for broadband service during periods relating to COVID-19, and for other purposes. Monitoring
7/2/2020 S.4177 Emergency Housing Assistance for Older Adults Act of 2020 Introduced This bill provides $1.2 billion housing package for rent and staffing supports, Service Coordinators, WiFi capability, and other assistance for the more than 1.1 million older adults served by federally-assisted housing. Related bill H.R. 6873 Support
7/2/2020 S.4182 Emergency Support for Nursing Homes and Elder Justice Reform Act of 2020 Introduced This bill establishes standards for COVID-specific nursing homes, reauthorizing the Elder Justice Act, and providing additional reporting requirements and studies. Related bill H.R. 8114 Support
7/16/2020 H.R 7663 Protecting Access to Post-COVID–19 Telehealth Act of 2020 Introduced

This bill modifies requirements relating to coverage of telehealth services under Medicare. Specifically, the bill (1) authorizes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to generally waive coverage restrictions during national emergencies, (2) allows rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers to serve as the distant site (i.e., the location of the health care practitioner), (3) removes restrictions that require the originating site (i.e., the location of the beneficiary) to be in a rural area, and (3) allows the home of a beneficiary to serve as the originating site for all services (rather than for only certain services).

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7/16/2020 S. 7659 Ensuring Parity in MA for Audio-Only Telehealth Act of 2020 Introduced

This bill allows audio-only diagnoses that are made via telehealth to be used for purposes of determining risk adjustments to payments under Medicare Advantage. Additionally, the bill requires payments for Medicare telehealth services that are furnished during the public health emergency relating to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) to be made in the same amounts as those for in-person services.

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7/30/2020 S.4375 Telehealth Modernization Act Introduced

This bill modifies requirements relating to coverage of telehealth services under Medicare.

Specifically, the bill extends certain flexibilities that were initially authorized during the public health emergency relating to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019). Among other things, the bill allows (1) rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers to serve as the distant site (i.e., the location of the health care practitioner); (2) the home of a beneficiary to serve as the originating site (i.e., the location of the beneficiary) for all services (rather than for only certain services); and (3) all types of practitioners to furnish telehealth services, as determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Related bill H.R.8727

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8/4/2020 S.4423 COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief Act of 2020 Introduced This bill will allow hospices to have increased flexibility in providing respite care during emergencies. Related bill H.R 8322 Support
8/6/2020 S.4477 Strengthening Social Connections Act of 2020 Introduced This bill provides emergency supplemental funding to programs that strengthen social connectedness and address the negative health effects of social isolation in the Older Americans Act (OAA). Support
8/21/2020 H.R. 8079 Elder Justice Reauthorization Act of 2020 Introduced

This bill appropriates funding to support adult protective services and reauthorizes various programs that address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Related bill S.4555

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8/25/2020 H.R. 8114 Emergency Support for Nursing Homes and Elder Justice Reform Act of 2020 Introduced This bill establishes a series of requirements relating to the quality of care provided in nursing and long-term care facilities, specifically with respect to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) and elder abuse, and also modifies and extends several elder justice programs and initiatives. Related bill S.4182 Support
9/10/2020 S.4555 Elder Justice Reauthorization Act of 2020 Introduced

This bill appropriates funding to support adult protective services and reauthorizes various programs that address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Related bill H.R. 8079

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9/21/2020 H.R. 8322 COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief Act of 2020 Introduced This bill will allow hospices toI have increased flexibility in providing respite care during emergencies. Related bills S.4423 Support
9/22/2020 H.R. 8337 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act Became Law This bill provides continuing FY2021 appropriations to federal agencies and extends expiring programs that address health care, surface transportation, agriculture, veterans benefits, and other issues.

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10/21/2020 S. 4840 Ensuring Parity in MA for Audio-Only Telehealth Act of 2020 Introduced

This bill allows audio-only diagnoses that are made via telehealth to be used for purposes of determining risk adjustments to payments under Medicare Advantage. Additionally, the bill requires payments for Medicare telehealth services that are furnished during the public health emergency relating to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) to be made in the same amounts as those for in-person services.

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10/23/2020 H.R. 8677 Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act Introduced This bill would authorize Medicare reimbursement for home health services provided through telehealth during a public health emergency where telehealth can be used appropriately. The services would not be reimbursed unless the beneficiary consents to receive the services via telehealth. To ensure that the Medicare home health benefit does not become a telehealth-only benefit, Medicare reimbursement would only be provided if the telehealth services constitute no more than half of the billable visits made during the 30-day payment period. Monitoring
11/05/2020 H.R. 8727 Telehealth Modernization Act Introduced

This bill modifies requirements relating to coverage of telehealth services under Medicare.

Specifically, the bill extends certain flexibilities that were initially authorized during the public health emergency relating to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019). Among other things, the bill allows (1) rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers to serve as the distant site (i.e., the location of the health care practitioner); (2) the home of a beneficiary to serve as the originating site (i.e., the location of the beneficiary) for all services (rather than for only certain services); and (3) all types of practitioners to furnish telehealth services, as determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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12/4/2020 H.R. 8874 Nurses CARE Act Introduced This bill would help prevent workforce shortages in long-term care facilities and allow America’s essential healthcare workforce to do its important work uninterrupted. Monitoring
2/24/2021 H.R. 1319 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Became Law

This bill provides additional relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

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1/4/2021 H.R. 1 The People Act of 2021 Passed House

This bill addresses voter access, election integrity and security, campaign finance, and ethics for the three branches of government.

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3/12/2021 H.R 1868 To prevent across-the-board direct spending cuts, and for other purposes Passed Senate This bill extends the Medicare sequester moratorium through December 2021 and b) Prevent mandatory cuts (known as “PAYGO” or pay as you go) due to budget rules triggered by the reconciliation process that would include a further 4% Medicare spending sequestration. Monitoring