Recent Developments Surrounding the ACA Employer Mandate, Home Care and NAHC
June 10, 2014 12:11 PM
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) has been advocating for a delay in the ACA employer mandate because it is obvious that state Medicaid programs will not be ready to address this new obligation that home care providers must face. While a simple solution would be to raise payment rates to cover health insurance costs, this is not likely to occur.
Among the various actions NAHC has underway in this advocacy effort is to get CMS to hold a Medicaid Home Care Summit on the topic of the ACA Employer Mandate to explore any and all solutions. NAHC has been working with a broad coalition of stakeholders on this effort.
Recently, NAHC was informed that Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI-3rd) have agreed to sponsor a bicameral letter to the new HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, calling on her to work with the home care and hospice community to find all available ways of solving this serious challenge to Medicaid home care.
NAHC will be working with other national organizations to gain their support in an effort to get as many members of the House and Senate to sign on to the letter as possible, and encourages all of its members to join in that effort by contacting all the Senators and House members in the areas that you serve asking them to sign on to the letter. Both members of Congress will be making a broadcast request for signers, but success happens when constituents make contact with their members directly.
TO find your elected officials using NAHC Legislative Action Network, please click here.
To read the full letter, please click here.
If House or Senate staffers you contact have and questions on this, they can contact Liz Stower (Cong. Kind) atElizabeth.Stower@mail.house.gov) or Kathleen Laird (Sen. Baldwin) at Kathleen_Laird@Baldwin.senate.gov. .
The deadline for offices to sign is Friday, June 20th.