Senator Baldwin and Representative Kind Send Letter to HHS Secretary on the ACA’s Employer Mandate
Seek Relief for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Providers
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rep. Ron Kind, (R-WI) recently sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), on the subject of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Employer Mandate. Specifically, the letter sent by Senator Baldwin and Rep. Kind focuses on the negative affect that the Employer Mandate has on, "Medicaid dependent home and community-based providers."
The letter continues to highlight the unique circumstances that are facing Medicaid dependent providers of home and community-based care stating that:
"These providers…which serve primarily Medicaid beneficiaries and operate on very slim margins, have raised unique concerns about complying with the ACA's employer responsibility requirements. We…request that you explore options to assist Medicaid dependent home and community-based providers in fulfilling the ACA's employer requirements…
We are concerned that Medicaid dependent home and community-based providers could face significant financial burdens in complying with the employer responsibility requirements in the ACA. The penalty for failing to provide health coverage to full-time employees would disproportionally affect these providers and their direct care workers, which may result in unemployment and reduced payment access to essential services…[W]e urge you to continue to work with relevant stakeholders to find a viable solution to ensure that direct care workers can continue to provide vulnerable patients with home and community-based services under the ACA."
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