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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2777, 10/26/2015
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House Passes Budget Legislation Repealing Employer Mandate
2015 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
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House Passes Budget Legislation Repealing Employer Mandate

On Friday, October 23, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation by a vote of 240-189 that would repeal the employer mandate, along with several other provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The other provisions include: the individual mandate, the “Cadillac tax” on high-cost insurance plans, and the medical device excise tax. The legislation (H.R. 3762) addresses the changes using a procedure known as budget reconciliation, which allows Congress to pass budget-related legislation with only 50, rather than the normal 60, votes in the Senate (for more information about reconciliation, see previous NAHC Report article here).

While an earlier version of the legislation contained language repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), that language repealing IPAB was since removed from the bill for procedural reasons. However, the House has already passed separate legislation repealing IPAB, which has yet to be passed by the Senate (see previous NAHC Report article here). The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) supports the legislation repealing IPAB.

President Barack Obama is almost certain to veto the legislation in the event that it is passed by the Senate. However, some Congressional Republicans have stated their belief that, even if the bill does not become law, sending it to the President’s desk for the first time would be a victory on its own, and could pave the way for future changes.

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2015 Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has announced the names of those chosen to be inducted into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame for 2015. The 2015 honorees include: Barbara Citarella, President of RBC Limited Healthcare and Management Consulting; Keith L. Myers, CEO of LHC Group; Margaret Shepherd, former CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Seattle, founding board member for NAHC, and current industry expert; Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels; and posthumously Diana, Princess of Wales, for her unparalleled contribution to hospice caregivers and patients. NAHC will honor these five individuals this Thursday, October 29, at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

“At NAHC, we have always aspired to excellence which is why we established the Hall of Fame,” said Val J. Halamandaris. “The five people we are honoring this year on October 29th in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel represent the best among us. They are great role models who have made a significant contribution to our industry. They inspire us to follow their example of service to others.”

Denise Schrader, Chairman of NAHC, added, “I am pleased to congratulate this year's honorees. They have proven themselves worthy of receiving our highest award.”

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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

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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