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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2759, 9/30/2015
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Congress Averts Government Shutdown: Passes 10-Week Funding Extension
House Passes Legislation to Prevent Premium Increases for Mid-Size Employers
For Your Information: 2015 Annual Meeting Deadlines
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Congress Averts Government Shutdown: Passes 10-Week Funding Extension

On Wednesday, September 30, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed, and President Barack Obama signed into law, legislation known as a continuing resolution to extend current government funding levels through December 11, 2015. Without this action, the government would have shut down due to lack of funding on October 1.

“With today’s bipartisan vote, Congress has taken a step away from the brink,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “But the American people deserve far better than last-minute, short-term legislating.”

The outcome followed weeks of uncertainty regarding the ability of Congress to avert a government shutdown. Many conservative lawmakers, most notably Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and members of the House Freedom Caucus, sought a shutdown unless Congress stripped funding for Planned Parenthood. In the end, enough Republicans joined Democrats in order to pass the funding legislation and keep the government running.

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House Passes Legislation to Prevent Premium Increases for Mid-Size Employers

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday, September 28, unanimously passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), to maintain the existing definition of the small group market under the Affordable Care Act. H.R. 1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act had a total of 236 bipartisan cosponsors. The legislation addresses concerns that expanding the small group market to employers with 51-100 employees—which is currently scheduled to occur on January 1, 2016—would result in premium increases for mid-size employers. Instead, the bill would maintain the existing definition of the small group market, which only applies to employers with 50 or fewer employees.

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2015 Annual Meeting Deadlines

Register Today!

NAHC’s Annual Meeting is October 28-30, in Nashville, Tenn. A limited number of discounted rooms are available through September 28. To register for the conference and book your room for the hotel, click here.

Remember: The Early Bird registration rate for the conference expires on October 11. To get the lowest rate, register now!

Assistant Vice President, Home Health/Hospice – Full Time


The Assistant Vice President, Home Health/Hospice executes direct administration of the Penn Highlands Healthcare System Home Health and Hospice departments as evidenced by achieving results in clinical quality, service excellence, human resources management and financial management. The Assistant Vice President assists in developing and implementing a strategic plan for the growth and development of the System's home health and hospice services.


  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing, Business Administration, or related field required; Masters Degree in Nursing, Business Administration, or related field preferred.
  • System management experience preferred.
  • Five years home health/hospice nursing experience required;
  • Two years management experience in home health/hospice setting required.
  • Demonstrates effective communication and collaboration skills with physician and all other members of the health care team
  • Progressive and successful work history
  • Specialty certification preferred

Penn Highlands DuBois is the best of modern health care technology, plus the best of small town America!

Located in the midst of the beautiful rolling hills and woodlands of Pennsylvania, you don't have to be a native to feel at home here. No matter where your roots, you'll quickly recognize that the staff at Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD), like other residents of the community, will make you feel right at home.

Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD) offers residents of west central Pennsylvania a rare combination of technologically advanced health care in a warm, friendly environment. Widely recognized as one of the leading health centers of its kind in the commonwealth, PHD is an oasis of clinical and technical excellence, with a focus on patient-centered care. Its rural setting is just far enough from the hustle of the city life to make it peaceful, but close enough to provide easy access to sought-after urban attractions.


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