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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2595, 1/30/2015
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Senator Sherrod Brown set to Introduce Legislation to Provide Health Insurance to Children Most in Need
A Reminder about CMS’ Upcoming Migration from IACS to EIDM
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Senator Sherrod Brown set to Introduce Legislation to Provide Health Insurance to Children Most in Need
Bill would extend funding of the CHIP program funding, which is set to expire in September 2015

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee – visited Dayton Children’s Hospital earlier this week to announce a plan that would extend funding to provide health coverage to more than 130,000 children in his home state of Ohio, and millions nationwide. Senator Brown announced that he will become the lead sponsor of legislation to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is currently set to expire in September.

“Providing health insurance to low-income children isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” said Senator Brown during his hospital visit. “CHIP provides more than 130,000 Ohio children the ability to grow into healthy adults through affordable health insurance. As states begin the process of budgeting for the next fiscal year, they need the financial certainty that federal funds will be there to help fund this crucial program. If Congress doesn’t act, Ohio stands to lose up to $146 million in federal funds in 2016 alone. That’s why I am calling on Congress to pass a funding extension for this program immediately.”

CHIP was created in 1997 as a joint state-federal health insurance program for low- to moderate-income children and pregnant women who are not Medicaid eligible. Within three years of its initial passage, all 50 states opted into the program, providing millions with access to health insurance. Nationwide, CHIP provides access to comprehensive, affordable coverage to more than eight million children. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, which were set up as entitlement programs that weren’t subjected to periodic reauthorization by Congress or Congress’ discretionary spending appropriations process, CHIP does need to be reauthorized and funded through Congress. While the program is currently authorized through 2019, its funding is set to expire at the end of 2015.

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CMS Extends Moratoria on New HHAs in Select Locations

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a six month extension of the moratoria on new home health agencies (HHAs). The extension maintains the moratoria in the same geographic areas as previously and does not expand its geographic application.

Under the authority provided in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, CMS can impose geographic specific, time-limited moratoria in any Medicare and/or Medicaid provider or supplier sector. The moratoria are limited to six months in duration, but CMS has the power to endlessly extend a moratorium in six month segments. The geographic areas covered are counties in and around the following metropolitan areas: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston.

The notice of the moratoria extension with the specific counties affected is available here.

The extension is effective January 29, 2015.

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2015 March on Washington Conference Conference Program Now Available
Conference and Hotel Registration is Now Open

The nation’s capital is the heart of legislative activity that affects home care and hospice. That makes it the perfect place to raise awareness of the vital work we do. Together, we can deliver a unified message to those who make the policies that shape our business. Take advantage of this chance to lobby your lawmakers, connect with colleagues, and attend educational sessions led by experts in our field.

Conference Program
You may view the conference program here.

Registration Information
You may register using the Online Registration or print the Downloadable Registration Form and fax it to the phone number on the form. You may also call 202-547-7424 and register by phone.

Hotel Information
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC
NAHC is hosting the 2015 March on Washington Conference in the splendid city of Washington, DC. Join us as we pursue a historic mission to make home care and hospice the center of health care in our country.

Standard room rate per night: $318.00 + tax (rate available until Friday, February 27, 2015)
To book hotel rooms online, click Online Reservations.
Number to call for room reservations: Toll Free: 1-877-212-5752

When making hotel reservations, please tell the agent that you are with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice March on Washington Room Block.

Director of Finance. VNA Care Network & Hospice, Inc., Southborough, MA

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer the Director of Finance will oversee and actively participate in the accounting, budgeting, cost reporting, accounts payable, billing and cash flow systems of the Network and affiliates. BS Accounting required, MBA and CPA preferred. Minimum 4  years of experience in Home Health financial management and experience in personal computer spreadsheet applications.

Please forward your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Ann Bohac, HR Recruiter VNA Care Network & Hospice at abohac@vnacarenetwork.org or visit our website at vnacarenetwork.org

 

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