Posts Tagged ‘Marco Rubio’

Senators Circulate Dear Colleague Letter Urging Support of the FITT Act

June 17, 2013

Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), recently circulated a Dear Colleague letter asking their colleagues to support the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act, S. 596. Senators Thune and Klobuchar are the FITT Act’s lead sponsors.

In their letter, Senators Thune and Klobuchar state that:

“Remote monitoring, a form of telehealth, uses non-invasive sensors to monitor the health and well-being of seniors in their home and can prevent the premature or unnecessary placements in more expensive types of long term care facilities…This bipartisan, budget neutral legislation would establish a pilot program under the Medicare program to provide incentives for home health agencies to utilize remote monitoring technology. We believe that using this type of technology in the home would reduce the number of visits by home health aides and allow individuals to remain in their homes longer while still providing quality care.” (more…)

Home Health Patient Monitoring Bill Gaining Steam in Congress

April 23, 2013

The bipartisan Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act – S. 596 – which was introduced by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) last month now has two additional cosponsors. Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Al Franken (D-MN) are now also supporting the bill. The legislation would expand the use of telehealth technology under Medicare to reduce hospital re-admissions in rural and underserved communities across the country. (more…)

Congressman Posey Cosponsors Legislation to Preserve Companionship Services Exemption

September 14, 2012

HCAF continues its tireless efforts to preserve
the companionship services exemption

Florida Congressman Bill Posey this week became the second U.S. House member to cosponsor legislation that would preserve the companionship services exemption for minimum wage and overtime pay for third party employers.

If passed into law, the Ensuring Access to Affordable and Quality Companion Care Act (HR 5969) and Protecting In-Home Care from Government Intrusion Act (HR 5970) would not only preserve the exemption, but also prohibit the Secretary of Labor from altering the exemption in the future. (more…)

Rep. Deutch Cosponsors Bill to Allow Ancillary Health Care Professionals Sign Medicare Home Health POCs

September 11, 2012

Rep. Deutch

HCAF is excited to announce that because our tireless efforts to promote federal legislation that benefits the home health care industry, U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton) will cosponsor the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act. Rep. Deutch becomes Florida’s third cosponsor for the bill, joining Reps. Tom Rooney (R-Tequesta) and Kathy Castor (D-Tampa).

Introduced in June 2011, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 227H.R. 2267) would allow nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives and physician assistants to sign Medicare home health plans of care. To date, the bill has 116 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, and is currently the industry’s most promising piece of legislation in Congress. (more…)

Florida Lawmakers Recognized for Commitment to Medicare Home Health Services

September 11, 2012

Last month, HCAF and The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare partnered to commend federal lawmakers for their commitment to the home care industry by placing ads in newspapers across Florida. Six members of the congressional delegation, both Democrats and Republicans, were recognized for cosponsoring legislation and speaking out on industry issues such as the companionship services exemption and copays.

The six lawmakers recognized (click the names to view ads) are Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R), and U.S. Representatives Kathy Castor (D-Tampa), Rich Nugent (R-Brooksville), Tom Rooney (R-Tequesta) and Dennis Ross (R-Lakeland). Thank you ads for the lawmakers were placed in the Orlando SentinelMiami HeraldTampa TribuneCitrus County ChronicleStuart News and Lakeland Ledger, respectively. (more…)

New Legislation Introduced in Congress to Maintain Companionship Services Exemption

July 5, 2012

HCAF continues its tireless efforts to preserve
the companionship services exemption

Last month, HCAF reported that a new bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate that will preserve the companionship services exemption for minimum wage and overtime pay for third party employers, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio signed on to cosponsor the legislation. Two companion bills were also introduced in the House of Representatives that preserve the exemption. (more…)

Congressman Rooney Cosponsors Bill to Allow Ancillary Health Care Professionals Sign Medicare Home Health Plans of Care

June 19, 2012

Rep. Rooney

HCAF is excited to announce that our recent advocacy efforts in support of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act have proven successful!

On Monday, Congressman Tom Rooney, a Republican representing the 16th District (Port Charlotte, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach), joined Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Tampa as the bill’s second cosponsor. (more…)

Bill to Preserve Companionship Services Exemption Introduced in the U.S. Senate With Senator Rubio’s Support

June 12, 2012

HCAF continues its tireless efforts to preserve
the companionship services exemption

A bill that will preserve the companionship services exemption for minimum wage and overtime pay for third party employers was introduced on June 7 in the U.S. Senate  (S. 3280). The bill is sponsored by Nebraska Republican Senator Mike Johanns, who is joined by 13 Republican co-sponsors including Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

A similar bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 3066) was introduced last September and has only 24 cosponsors to date. If passed, both bills would exempt workers providing companion services, regardless of whether they are employed by individuals, families, or third-parties, from the minimum wage and overtime requirements. (more…)

TAKE ACTION NOW: DOL Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rule to Revise Companionship and Live-In Worker Regulations to March 21, 2012

March 9, 2012

Today the U.S. Department of Labor announced it will extend the comment period on the proposed rule that, if finalized, will effectively eliminate the companionship services overtime and minimum wage exemption for home care workers. Originally, the DOL comment period was to end on February 27, but efforts by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio resulted in an extension to March 12. Now, with more requests received by DOL to extend the period for filing public comments and the Department’s desire to obtain as much information about its proposals as possible, it will extend the comment period until March 21, 2012. (more…)

Posey and West Ask DOL to Withdraw Proposal to Remove Companionship Services Exemption

March 9, 2012

This week, U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) and Allen West (R-Plantation) sent letters to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) asking it to withdraw the proposed rule to remove the companionship services exemption for home care workers. This letter comes after successful efforts by Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) to get an extention of the proposal’s comment period, which now ends on March 14. Last month, Reps. Posey and Ted Deutch (D-Boca Raton) sent separate letters to DOL expressing concerns about the proposal and asking for an extension of the comment period. (more…)