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President Signs Budget Agreement to Raise Debt Ceiling and Increase Spending Caps
NAHC Membership Renewal Notices to be Mailed This Week
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President Signs Budget Agreement to Raise Debt Ceiling and Increase Spending Caps

On Monday, November 2, President Barack Obama signed into law a budget agreement that increases the debt ceiling and raises caps on domestic and defense spending. The agreement will prevent the federal government from risking default (see previous NAHC Report article here) by raising the debt ceiling through mid-March 2017. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had stated the deadline for raising the $18 trillion debt ceiling in order to prevent the risk of default was November 3. 

The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 64-35 with one not voting, and the House passed the measure by a vote of 266-167 with two not voting. While some Republicans opposed the legislation, many including Republican leadership joined Democrats to support passage of the legislation. In one of his last acts before stepping down, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) helped negotiate and usher the agreement through Congress.

In addition to raising the debt ceiling, the legislation will serve as a framework to guide Congress in passing legislation to fund the federal government in the weeks to come. The date by which Congress must pass spending legislation in order to prevent a government shutdown is December 11. As the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) previously reported, the budget agreement lifts some of the uncertainty that hung over the heads of the home care and hospice community. However, the next step will be for Congress to develop and pass the spending legislation. NAHC is carefully monitoring that process for any proposals to impose home health copays or include payment rate cuts.

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NAHC Membership Renewal Notices to be Mailed This Week

This week, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will mail membership renewal notices. We need your help to deliver a key message: home is the center of health care. You can play a key role in getting the message across by renewing your NAHC membership for the coming year. Help us spread the word that home care leads to better outcomes and lets people choose the care best for them. Support our efforts to push laws that will move our industry ahead, foster partnerships with other providers, and promote innovation. Together, we can meet the needs of the 78 million baby boomers who are coming into their golden years and who want to age at home.

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2016 Private Duty Home Care Conference

At the Private Duty Home Care Conference, you’ll participate in education sessions on marketing and operations tactics, financial acuity, staff recruitment and retention, and more. You’ll hear from leaders and experts at lectures, roundtables, panel discussions, and more. You’ll learn from success stories and pioneering strategies with statistical analysis, data-driven forecasting, improvement studies, and more. Our conference faculty will guide you through legal and regulatory changes. We value what Private Duty brings to the industry and we support your business achievements.

The Private Duty Home Care Conference will feature one-and-half days of speakers, education sessions, and networking opportunities in charming Charleston, South Carolina where you’ll enjoy special rates at the Doubletree Hotel in the heart of the Market District. Reserve your room now to take advantage of our special low rate of $159 while rooms are still available.

This conference is where you can get real solutions to real issues. So, together we can make real progress.

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