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Senate Committee Holds Roundtable on Health Care Challenges for Small Businesses

The US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions held a roundtable on Tuesday, July 7, to discuss the health care challenges and opportunities facing small businesses. Witnesses provided testimony at the hearing expressing concerns about the employer mandate, insufficient tax credits for health insurance, and the likelihood of higher premiums resulting from the planned expansion in 2016 of the small group market to employers with 100 employees or less.

“Small businesses have traditionally had some of the least competitive, most expensive health insurance options out there,” said Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), in setting the stage for the discussion. “Yet so many small business owners still view it as a priority to assist their employees in purchasing health insurance… There are a lot of changes that would improve things and meet a short-term need, but we also need to think past the next plan year. We should try to ask the question of what this market should look like in the future and what do we need to do to get there.”

The panel of witnesses included health policy experts and small business owners. The Committee asked the panel to address the following questions in their testimony: 1) What is the current status of the health insurance market for small businesses, specifically plan options and costs in the small group market? 2) What tools and options are available and useful for small employers to offer some assistance to their employees? 3) What has worked, what hasn’t worked, and what policy recommendations do you have for the Committee?

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CMS Issues Information on Corrected Star Rating Preview Reports

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued information on the schedule for corrections to Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Provider Preview Reports for October 2015 Home Health Compare Posting.

CMS stated that on October 8, 2015, the second round of Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings are scheduled to be published on the Home Health Compare web site.

As previously reported, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice has expressed concerns about the Star Rating System, including the quality measures.

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Major Players in Passing Medicare and Medicaid Legislation
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid legislation on July 30, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice is recognizing a different individual who played an important role in passing the legislation throughout July.

Today we recognize Senator Maurine Neuberger who was the second woman to serve in the United States Senate. After her husband, Senator Richard Neuberger, died of cancer in 1960, she won a special election to fill his seat. During her tenure in the Senate, Neuberger was a strong advocate for the Medicare program. She also played an important role in advancing an array of public health and consumer protection issues. Neuberger has been credited with establishing the prescient warning label on cigarettes, “The Surgeon General has determined that smoking may be hazardous to your health,” which paved the way for further attention to the issue and later more strongly worded warnings. To this day, Neuberger is the only female to have served as US Senator from Oregon.

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