National Council on Medicaid Home Care Calls for a Summit on the Medicaid Impact of the ACA Employer Mandate and New Overtime Compensation Rules
The National Council on Medicaid Home Care, a NAHC affiliate, has call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to convene a stakeholder summit to develop reasoned solutions to the challenges facing Medicaid home care under the Affordable Care Act and the recent overtime rule change issued by the Department of Labor.
Beginning January 2015, providers of Medicaid home care services will face the daunting task of complying with two significant changes in the law that could significantly increase care costs. At the same time, state Medicaid programs and their managed care contractors have not shown any willingness to increase payment rates.
The employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act may trigger an employer’s obligation to offer health insurance or face a $2000 penalty for each employee working 30 hours or more per week. A Council survey indicates that an estimated 67% of Medicaid home care providers currently do not offer health insurance to personal care aides.