Posts Tagged ‘John Boehner’

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…)

HCAF Makes Capitol Hill Visits to Discuss Potential Medicare Cuts, Copays

December 7, 2012
HCAF representatives with Senator Nelson

HCAF staff with Sen. Nelson

HCAF representatives met yesterday with key lawmakers in Congress – including U.S. Senator Bill Nelson – to discuss the so-called “fiscal cliff,” which has implications for the home health care industry. As HCAF discussed at the recent district meeting series, Congress is faced with a two-percent cut to all federal programs, including Medicare home health provider payments, the end of the Bush-era tax cuts as well as having to address the federal debt ceiling – all by the end of the year. Congress is considering multiple ways to address the fiscal cliff, including additional cuts to home care and the imposition of a Medicare home health copayment. Copay figures have ranged from $100 to $600 per 60-day episode. (more…)

POLITICO: Simpson-Bowles Make Their Comeback

October 5, 2012

Commission called for 20 percent copay for Medicare-funded home health services, which amounts to $600 per episode

By Jake Sherman, POLITICO

Simpson and Bowles are having another national moment.

Fifty-eight million Americans saw President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tangle over former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles’s deficit reduction plan. “Simpson-Bowles” was the most popular Google search during the 90-minute debate.

But behind the scenes, the two deficit hawks are enjoying more than just a search engine moment. The pair is heading to Virginia’s Mount Vernon next week to meet with the new bipartisan Senate “Gang of Eight” in an effort to hash out a major deficit and tax package. (more…)

Congress Reaches Deal on Extending Physician Fix Without Cutting Home Health

February 17, 2012

Congress has reached a deal on legislation that would extend the payroll tax holiday, extend unemployment insurance coverage, and rescue physicians from a 27 percent cut in their Medicare fees. The $150 billion package was worked out by House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI); Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). (more…)

Congressional Negotiators Near Deal on Medicare “Doc Fix”

February 15, 2012

The Associated Press is reporting that congressional leaders of both parties praised an emerging deal Wednesday to extend a payroll tax cut and extra jobless benefits through 2012, but cautioned that bargainers still had to nail down final details. (more…)

Super Committee Struggles to Find Budget Cuts – Ask Congress to Oppose Home Health Copays and Further Cuts!

October 10, 2011

Last month, HCAF called on Florida home care professionals to contact Congress in opposition to home health copayments and more cuts to Medicare home health, as recommended to Congress’ super committee by President Obama. (more…)