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NAHC Report: Issue# 2205, 5/29/2013
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Senator Seeks Cosponsors for Bill to Modify Employer Obligations under the Affordable Care Act
Senator Wyden Reintroduces Hospice HELP Act
For Your Information: There’s Still Time to Vote for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
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Senator Seeks Cosponsors for Bill to Modify Employer Obligations under the Affordable Care Act

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) recently introduced the “Forty Hours is Full Time Act of 2013” - S. 701 - that would change the definition of a full-time employee in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to those working 40 hours a week. Currently the ACA defines full-time as 30 hours a week. Starting in 2014, the ACA imposes a $2,000 employer penalty for each full-time employee — after the first 30 — where the business employs 50 or more full time equivalent employees, does not offer health insurance to all employees, and at least one of the employees qualifies for a federal subsidy to purchase health insurance.

Earlier this year, the Senate adopted an amendment to its budget resolution calling for a more reasonable definition of full-time employee in the ACA. S. 701 would be beneficial to home care agencies that are unable to provide health insurance and thus subject to the penalties. The 40 hour definition for a full-time employee would be more in-line with current employment practices, and would provide more leeway for home care providers who may be considering restricted working hours for

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There’s Still Time to Vote for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

There is still time to bvote for your choices to be included in Modern Healthcare's 12th annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare program. Of the nearly 28,000 nominations submitted, the publication’s editors selected the top 300 names for the final ballot. Included on the final ballot is NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

Voting is open now until June 14. People can vote for their top five candidates. Their votes will count for 50 percent of the outcome; the other 50 percent will be based on the expert opinions of the senior editors at Modern Healthcare.

The combination of readers' votes and the editors' choices will determine the final ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, which will be published in the August 26 issue.

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Senator Wyden Reintroduces Hospice HELP Act
House companion legislation to be introduced soon

On May 23, 2013, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) reintroduced the Hospice Evaluation and Legitimate Payment Act - S. 1053. The legislation would make important refinements to existing Medicare hospice policy by:

Ensuring an Appropriate Transition to the New Hospice Payment System
Under current law, payment reforms will be implemented in hospices nationwide on or after October 1, 2013. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is not required to test these payment reforms to find out what the “real world” impact will be on beneficiary access to quality care and on the financial viability of hospice programs. S. 1053 would address this concern by requiring a 15-site demonstration of the new payment system prior to nationwide implementation.

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