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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2615, 3/4/2015
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Supreme Court Hears ObamaCare Case
CMS Extends Deadline for its Long Term and Post Acute Care Health IT Survey
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Supreme Court Hears ObamaCare Case

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a case that could have significant implications for President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “ObamaCare.” The focus of the case, King v. Burwell, surrounds the legality of insurance subsidies to individuals purchasing health insurance through the federal marketplace.

According to the well-respected blog focusing on the Supreme Court, SCOTUSblog.com:

The ACA requires states to create “exchanges” – essentially, marketplaces – for their residents to buy health insurance.  But if a state refuses, the federal government will provide the exchange.  The law then provides tax credits for people who need financial assistance.  Without the subsidy, many people will not be subject to the “individual mandate” to buy insurance.  An employer also is required to make insurance available only if its employees receive the subsidy.

The Obama Administration has issued a rule saying that the tax credits are available for purchases not just under state exchanges but also in the roughly three dozen states in which the federal government provides the exchange.  Roughly 5.4 million people have purchased insurance through the federal exchange, and almost ninety percent of them have received the subsidy.  Many could not afford insurance without it…

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CMS Extends Deadline for its Long Term and Post Acute Care Health IT Survey
New deadline for home care and hospices to participate is April 3, 2015

CMS recently announced that it is extending the deadline for its long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) health IT survey. The survey applies to both home health care and hospice providers, and offers a unique opportunity to share the challenges and opportunities associated with health IT implementation.

The survey period for the voluntary LTPAC EHR survey has been extended until April 3, 2015.

Last month, CMS sent a notice to its listservs asking Long-term and Post-Acute Providers to participate in the voluntary Heath IT survey, and NAHC encouraged its members to do so. The insight and value that NAHC members can add to the survey will help CMS better understand the challenges and opportunities that the home health and hospice provider community face with respect to health IT implementation.

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Hear Leading Voices in Congress Talk About the Importance of Homecare and Hospice at the March on Washington’s Tuesday Senate Breakfast and Wednesday House Breakfast!

This year, attendees to NAHC’s March on Washington will be able to hear from leading home care and hospice advocates from both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

These breakfasts will bring together some of the leading voices in Congress. Come hear their perspectives on the 2015 legislative agenda, receive guidance on how home care and hospice providers can more effectively advocate for their patients and employees, and show appreciation to those who have worked so hard on our behalf in recent years.

Congressional breakfasts routinely rank as the highlight of the March on Washington, and this year’s is not to be missed.

The March on Washington is being held March 22 – 25 at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

To register to attend the March on Washington, please click here.

To learn more about this year’s March on Washington, please click here.

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