March 8, 2022
Congress: Provide Much-Needed Stability & Support for Medicare Providers
Last year, Congress extended the temporary suspension of the 2% sequester to Medicare providers in response to the ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this 2% relief is set to expire at the end of March.
As the impact of the pandemic on our health care system continues to cause strain, sequestration relief is still needed. Home health providers are continuing to experience significant challenges, particularly related to workforce and staffing, and need additional time to effectively manage the far-reaching impacts of new surges of COVID-19.
Fortunately, Congress has the opportunity to act again. The March omnibus spending bill, which must be passed by March 11, gives Congress another chance to extend the sequester suspension before relief expires.
We urge Congress to immediately take action to again extend the full sequester relief. Doing so would ensure stability to the home health provider community and support all providers working to deliver quality services to the Medicare population as the pandemic continues.