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NAHC Report: Issue# 2427, 5/12/2014
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Rebasing Relief Bill Introduced in the House
Urban Institute Suggests Eliminating the Employer Mandate
For Your Information: Voting Begins for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

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Rebasing Relief Bill Introduced in the House

Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) recently introduced the Medicare Home Health Rebasing Relief and Reassessment Act (H.R.4625). The bill seeks to suspend CMS’ flawed rebasing rule for 12 months and require that CMS reassess the rule and submit a report to Congress on alternative rebasing methods, including methods offered by stakeholders. 

NAHC and the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice were involved in drafting the legislation and in getting H.R. 4625 introduced. 

In February, Rep. Hall – along with a bipartisan group of his colleagues – sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging congressional action to postpone CMS’ Final Rule on home health rebasing and require that CMS re-evaluate the rule.

The letter strongly reinforces the points that NAHC has been stressing since the beginning of the rebasing debate.

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Urban Institute Suggests Eliminating the Employer Mandate

The Urban Institute, a prominent liberal think tank, recently released a research paper suggesting that the Employer Mandate provisions in the Affordable Care Act should be eliminated. The study estimates that some 251.1 million people would have employer-sponsored insurance if the requirement is fully implemented in 2016 while 250.9 million would have it that year if it was dropped: a difference of 200,000 people.

Since 2011, NAHC has advocated for reforms that would eliminate or mitigate the impact of the employer mandate on home care. Potential remedies include an exemption of home care employers, a modification of the definition of "full-time employee," and additional funding to pay for the cost of health insurance or the employer penalty.

Companies such as Land’s End, Regal Entertainment, Wendy’s and SeaWorld recently announced they would be reducing hours for part time workers to fewer than 30 per week, the point above which they must provide coverage, the researchers said. NAHC has long warned that many home health care agencies would also be forced to cut staff hours to under thirty hours a week to comply with the Employer Mandate.

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Voting Begins for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

Voting is now underway for 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 now open and people can vote for their top five candidates. Their votes will count for 50% of the outcome; the other 50% 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 this summer.

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