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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2774, 10/21/2015
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As Fiscal Deadlines Loom, Lawmakers Raise the Prospect of Entitlement Cuts
Annual Meeting Spotlight: Medicaid Action Council to Highlight Efforts to Advocate for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Care
For Your Information: Benefit Luncheon at NAHC Annual Meeting
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As Fiscal Deadlines Loom, Lawmakers Raise the Prospect of Entitlement Cuts

Two fiscal deadlines for the federal government are quickly approaching. The first deadline, November 3, is for Congress to raise the federal debt limit in order to prevent the government from risking default. The next deadline, December 11, is for Congress to pass legislation funding the federal government in order to prevent a government shutdown. In Congressional negotiations over both deadlines, some lawmakers have raised the prospect of potential spending cuts, including cuts to programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is carefully monitoring the negotiations and opposes any offset that would impose home health copays or include payment rate cuts. 

Some Republicans have expressed disagreement with raising the debt ceiling without making entitlement cuts. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testified before the Senate Finance Committee earlier this week and called for a “clean” debt limit increase, meaning one without spending cuts. Following the hearing, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch reportedly said Lew’s position was “business as usual” and that “we all know we need to curtail [entitlement] programs.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Wednesday, “Obviously, we [Republicans] don't prefer a clean debt ceiling.”

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Annual Meeting Spotlight: Medicaid Action Council to Highlight Efforts to Advocate for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Care

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has announced the creation of the National Medicaid Action Council to provide a strong voice to advocate on behalf of home care. Medicaid is quickly becoming the center of home care services for all age groups. At the same time, Medicaid home care is rapidly changing with innovations in home- and community-based care programs. At the Annual Meeting, NAHC’s Medicaid Action Council will offer information and opportunities to discuss the hottest Medicaid issues of the day.

During the General Session on Thursday, October 29, a Washington Update will include a discussion on Medicaid and how to position advocacy in the Medicaid space effectively. In addition, two separate education sessions will focus specifically on Medicaid in order to provide information and advice about how to stay informed regarding the changes in Medicaid home care and how to develop new models of care for Medicaid patients.

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Benefit Luncheon at NAHC Annual Meeting

We invite you to attend the annual Caring Awards Ceremony, on Friday October 30th at 10:30 am in Delta Ballroom A, Gaylord Opryland Resort. Following the ceremony, we will be honoring the 10 Caring Awardees at a Benefit Luncheon. You can purchase a ticket for the luncheon online. (Inquiries: 202-547-4273 or info@caring.org)

The Caring Institute is a 501 C (3) nonprofit organization established to promote the acts and values of caring, integrity, and public service.

 

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