Posts Tagged ‘Cliff Stearns’

Florida Congressman Cosponsors Legislation to Preserve Companionship Services Exemption for Home Care

May 10, 2012

Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns on Tuesday officially became a cosponsor of the Companionship Exemption Protection Act (H.R. 3066), which, if enacted, would preserve the companionship services exemption for minimum wage and overtime pay for home care agencies and nurse registries. Rep. Stearns, a Republican representing North Central Florida, recently attended HCAF’s District III Meeting in Ocala where he made it known he would be the first Florida House member to cosponsor the bill. (more…)

The Gainesville Sun: Rep. Cliff Stearns Targets Medicare Fraud

November 29, 2011

From The Gainesville Sun by Bill Thompson

Medicare is a big chunk of the federal budget, consuming 13 cents of every dollar Washington spends.

But U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns believes a big chunk of Medicare spending disappears into the pockets of thieves who can easily bilk the system that provides health care to nearly 48 million Americans.

Hoping to curtail those losses, the Ocala Republican recently introduced legislation that would toughen penalties for defrauding the government and would require Medicare administrators to find out exactly how much money the program loses each year. (more…)

Copays and Cuts on the Horizon: Rally Your Staff, Colleagues, Patients and Their Families to Save Our Industry!

September 23, 2011

This week, President Obama released his deficit reductions recommendations for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the “super committee”. President Obama’s proposal is intended to reduce the deficit by $3 trillion over the next ten years. It includes $320 billion in savings from federal health programs, including $224 billion from Medicare and $66 billion from Medicaid. These reductions are in addition to the $1 trillion in savings from spending caps enacted by the debt ceiling package that was signed into law this summer.

What Does This Mean for Home Care? (more…)

Tell Congress to Oppose Medicare Home Health Copays & Payment Cuts!

September 15, 2011

As most of you know by now, the new Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the “supercommittee”) is charged with coming up with a proposal by Nov. 23 to achieve between $1.2 and 1.5 trillion in deficit reduction.

If the bipartisan, 12-member supercommittee, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, is able to report out by majority vote a proposal to achieve this goal, Congress must then vote up or down on the proposal by Dec. 23. (more…)