Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

South Florida Congressman Visits Key West Constituent Receiving Medicare Home Health Care Services

July 30, 2013

JoeGarciaOfficialHeadshotBy Terry Schmida, Key West Citizen

A sign on the wall of Rene Stincer’s handsome wood-frame home on Eaton Street declares it to be “Villa de Olga.” However, the pronouncement is a bit out of date: Olga, Stincer’s wife for many decades, died five years ago, leaving her husband, now 91, all alone.

As the city of Key West continues to debate the assisted living center issue, it’s residents such as Stincer who are the human faces behind the headlines.

“It’s better for me to stay in this house,” Stincer said Friday during a brief visit from U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-South Florida, Island Home Care owner/operator Kim Wilkerson, clinical director and registered nurse Heather Hunt and Stincer family friend Theresa Menendez. (more…)

Employers To Get An Extra Year To Implement Health Law Requirement On Coverage

July 3, 2013

By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News

The Obama administration Tuesday announced a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees offer coverage to their workers or pay a penalty.

Administration officials said the delay was in response to employers’ concerns about the law’s reporting requirements. Delaying the law’s “employer responsibility” provision would give employers more time to comply and give the government more time to consider ways to “simplify the new reporting requirements consistent with the law,” according to a blog post from Mark J. Mazur, the assistant secretary for tax policy at the Department of Treasury. (more…)

Home Care Workers Still Waiting For Labor Protections After Promise From Obama

June 26, 2013

By Dave Jamieson, The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON – In December of 2011, President Barack Obama stood at the White House alongside a group of home care workers and announced that his administration would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to them after decades of exclusion. The White House still has a video on its YouTube channel explaining the significance of the regulatory change, entitled “A Promise Kept.”

But in reality, the president hasn’t yet delivered on that promise. A year and a half after the fanfare, home care workers who tend to the elderly and disabled in their homes are still not covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Depression-era statute that serves as a bedrock of U.S. labor law. The president’s proposal remains under review at the White House, where industry players have lobbied to have it softened, if not scrapped. (more…)

Companionship Services Exemption: A Deadline Missed

June 19, 2013

By Jane Gross, Special to The New York Times

Legions of home health aides continue to toil for less than minimum wage, the only American workers not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than a month has passed since May 14, when President Obama could have ended this exclusion and, with the stroke of a pen, forced a new regulation into effect. All legal deadlines and extensions in this sclerotic regulatory process have been exhausted. (more…)

Bipartisan Bill Would Redefine ‘Full-Time’ Employee Under ACA

June 19, 2013

Healthcare_reformSenators Susan Collins and Joe Donnelly will introduce a bill today that bumps the health care law’s definition of full-time work from 30 to 40 hours a week.

Business owners have complained that the current 30-hour definition is inconsistent with how full-time work is typically defined and say it could lead to more workers having their hours cut. The Affordable Care Act requires employers with more than 50 full-time employees to offer health coverage.

The Collins-Donnelly bill would also clear up some lingering confusion over which employers are considered “large” under the law. The legislation would set the number of hours counted toward a full-time equivalent employee to 174 hours per month. (more…)

Home Care Workers Demand Minimum Wage, Overtime Protections

June 12, 2013

By Elise Viebeck, The Hill

Home care workers are demanding final rules from the Obama administration that would give them federal minimum wage and overtime protections.

The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), which represents home health aides, certified nurse aides and personal care attendants, called on President Obama to extend the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act to its members.

The group pointed to Obama’s promise in December 2011 to ensure home health jobs offer the same wage-and-hour standards as other healthcare posts. (more…)

Medicare Urges Seniors to Join the Fight Against Fraud

June 6, 2013

In mailboxes across the country, people with Medicare will soon see a redesigned statement of their claims for services and benefits that will help them better spot potential fraud, waste and abuse. These newly redesigned Medicare Summary Notices are just one more way the Obama Administration is making the elimination of fraud, waste and abuse in health care a top priority. Because of actions like these and new tools under the Affordable Care Act, the number of suspect providers and suppliers thrown out of the Medicare program has more than doubled in 35 states. (more…)

Marilyn Tavenner Approved by the Senate to Lead CMS in a 91-7 Vote

May 17, 2013

Marilyn Tavenner, the acting head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was approved to become the agency’s official Administrator on a 91-7 vote on Wednesday night. The vote comes after Ms. Tavenner’s unanimous approval – by voice vote – in the Senate Finance Committee late last month, and after Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) lifted his hold on her appointment because of a dispute with the Obama Administration about funds for preventive health services being diverted to help fund the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (more…)

Senior Groups Send Letter Opposing President’s Home Health Copay Proposal

May 14, 2013

In response to the President’s proposed FY 2014 budget, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations recently sent a letter to the President and Congressional leadership that included strong opposition to the President’s proposal to impose a home health copayment.

The LCAO is a 68-member coalition of national organizations, including the National Association for Home Care & Hospice that is concerned with the wellbeing of America’s older populations and is committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena. The President’ proposed budget submitted to Congress included a provision that would impose a $100 copay on home health episodes not preceded by a hospital or nursing home stay, beginning in 2017 for new Medicare beneficiaries. (more…)

Ask the Obama Administration to Exempt Home Care Providers from the PPACA Employer Mandate Requirements

May 3, 2013

Please sign an industry-sponsored petition on The White House website if you feel in-home care services should be exempt from the Employer Mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. This petition was just created and needs 100,000 signatures within the next 30 days in order to get the attention of the President and Congress. So far just over 1,000 signatures have been received.

Click here to take action by signing the petition now!