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NAHC Report: Issue# 2163, 3/28/2013
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NAHC Supports Exemptions and/or Modifications to ACA Employer Obligations to Ensure Access to Home Care Services
Nurse Recognition Program Deadline Extended to April 8, 2013
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NAHC Supports Exemptions and/or Modifications to ACA Employer Obligations to Ensure Access to Home Care Services

Beginning in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require employers with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance to such employees or pay a $2,000 tax penalty per full-time employee if at least one of the employees qualifies for a federal subsidy to purchase health insurance. The law defines a full-time employee as one working at least 30 hours per week. It is expected that the IRS will apply this standard using a 130 hours worked per month evaluation.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA) have re-introduced the “American Job Protection Act” - S. 399; H.R. 903 - which seeks to eliminate the employer obligations in the ACA. Senator Hatch is the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare, Medicaid and tax issues. Representative Boustany serves on the Ways and Means Subcommittee with jurisdiction over Medicare and tax issues in the House of Representatives. Twenty-eight Republican Senators and 16 Republican Representatives have signed on the bill. No Democrats have supported the legislation.

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Don’t Forget to Share your Photos with NAHC!

Did you meet with one of your elected officials or their staff during the March on Washington | Private Duty Integrated Conference and Exposition? Did you capture candid shots of any of this year’s sessions – or even the scenery or monuments? If so, don’t forget to share them with NAHC!

Many people have already shared their photos either through Twitter or email, and we encourage everyone who was in Washington this week to do the same.

Please email all your photos from the March on Washington | Private Duty Conference to:

Don’t forget that this year’s conference was being “live tweeted” with the archive of conversations available here.

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CMS Officials Present Timely Survey and Certification Information During the March on Washington

A representative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Clinical Quality and Standards presented an overview of important news and updates from CMS’ Survey and Certification Group. The Survey and Certification Group serves as the focal point for all quality, clinical, medical science issues, survey and certification, and related policies for CMS' programs. Topics covered during the session included plans for implementation of home health survey sanctions, the status of revised home health conditions of participation, and an overview of the top ten survey citations and most frequent OASIS errors.

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