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Legislative Affairs Committee

The Legislative Affairs Committee supports activities related to advancing the legislative agenda of NHPCO. 

Activities include providing timely input on NHPCO’s legislative agenda, budget and legislative proposals, and legislation. The Committee assists the Hospice Action Network (HAN) and Legislative Affairs team (collectively, the NHPCO team) in prioritizing issues and developing policy positions.  The Committee is responsible for executing strategies including key message development and dissemination, educating their respective constituencies, and preparing and submitting correspondence to Congressional, state and local offices. The Committee is responsible for reviewing relevant proposals, reports, and announcements released by Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), OIG, CMS, the General Accountability Office (GAO), MedPAC, and other federal agencies as advised by the NHPCO team.

The committee's work in 2019 will focus on several areas including but not limited to:

  • the protection and improvement of the hospice benefit;
  • the pursuit of legislative strategies to expand access for hospice patients and families;
  • improving quality by ensuring program integrity;
  • and new reimbursement pathways for hospice and palliative care under Medicare including alternative payment models.

Requirements for committee members include:

  • a history of engagement in legislative activity related to hospice and palliative care;
  • prior NHPCO committee service or a substantive participation in NHPCO advocacy activities; and
  • a working knowledge of the legislative process and its impact on hospice and palliative care providers.

Legislative Affairs Roster

Staff Liaison:  Lauren Drew, Senior Manager, Advocacy & State Relations, 703-837-3148.

Time Commitment

Legislative Affairs Committee Members should be prepared to spend an average of 2.5 to 4 hours per month on Committee work.

Committee members serve two-year terms.

Meetings and Conference Calls

Committee members are expected to actively participate in Committee meetings and functions. They are required to review minutes, meeting agenda, and other materials provided by the HAN team. Committee members should notify the staff liaison in advance of any conference calls or functions for which they will not be available.

The Legislative Affairs Committee meets monthly by conference call for 90 minutes.

Legislative Affairs Committee members are expected to attend face-to-face Committee meetings at NHPCO’s Management, Leadership and Advocacy Conference and an additional face-to-face meeting in the Washington, DC area every other year, scheduled around federal elections.

NHPCO does not pay for travel-related expenses for Committee members. Committee members are responsible for all related travel expenses.


General Committee Member Expectations•  

  • Meet deadlines agreed upon by the committee. Committee work often includes drafting materials for monographs, surveys, position papers, articles, etc.
  • Present/participate in educational sessions and forums.
  • Work with the NHPCO staff and committee chair to support the NHPCO legislative agenda.
  • Agree to work on projects according to the priorities for the organization.
  • Support NHPCO advocacy activities throughout the year through local engagement and participation in community wide events on Capitol Hill.
  • Notify the Staff Liaison of changes in contact information.

Review Committee and Council Guidelines