Posts Tagged ‘Supreme Court’

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…)

Government’s Aim to Decrease Number of Disabled People in Nursing Homes

May 22, 2013

19219705The federal government is ramping up efforts to reduce the number of disabled people in nursing homes through interagency initiatives.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and a subsequent U.S. Supreme Court decision, it is considered discrimination to “segregate” disabled people in nursing homes or other traditionally institutional settings. While many disabled people have already been moved out of nursing homes, a sharper focus is needed because the aging of the baby boom generation will increase the number of seniors with disabilities, the Education Department said in the Federal Register article. (more…)

Legislative Analysts Told Scott His Medicaid Estimates Are Wrong (But He’s Using Them Anyway)

January 8, 2013

By , Health News Florida

The state’s chief economist has warned the staff of Gov. Rick Scott that his Medicaid cost estimates are wrong, but Scott keeps using them anyway, according to a series of e-mails obtained by Health News Florida.

Scott says he opposes expanding Florida Medicaid because it would cost too much: $63 billion over 10 years, he says, with the state paying $26 billion of that. (more…)

AHCA Says Health Care to Cost Billions More

December 28, 2012

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press

The administration of Gov. Rick Scott now contends that the federal health care overhaul will cost state taxpayers billions more than estimates from just a few months ago.

Scott’s health care agency has drawn up dramatic new estimates that now prices the cost of implementing the overhaul — including expanding the state’s safety net health care program to thousands of Floridians currently ineligible — at nearly $26 billion over a 10 year period. (more…)

Florida Moving to Work on Implementing Health Care Law

November 12, 2012

By Stacey Singer, The Palm Beach Post

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, President Barack Obama has won re-election and a majority of Florida voters rejected Amendment 1, the effort to etch into the state constitution a permanent ban on mandatory health insurance.

With the Affordable Care Act more certain than ever, some lawmakers are calling for a careful look at how to implement it here. Even Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a staunch opponent, appeared to be softening his longstanding refusal to acknowledge the law.

“Just saying ‘no’ is not an answer,” he said in a statement released by his press office late Friday. “We need to focus on how Obamacare affects each of our families,” he said, adding he is concerned about the impact for cost, access and quality of care.

“I am looking forward to working with legislators and others on specific ways to address these issues,” he said. (more…)

Nearly a Million Floridians Could Gain Health Insurance Without the State Paying

October 10, 2012

By Laura Green, The Palm Beach Post

WASHINGTON — Close to one million Floridians could gain access to health insurance without the state chipping in a penny, if state leaders agree to expand Medicaid temporarily.

Gov. Rick Scott and other challengers won a key victory when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Obama administration could not force states, under the Affordable Care Act, to spend precious state dollars to broaden Medicaid over a decade. (more…)

How Will the Election Change Medicaid?

October 10, 2012

The future of Medicaid – the state-federal workhorse of the nation’s health system that provides health coverage to the poorest and sickest Americans – hangs in the balance on Election Day.

President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have vastly different approaches to the program. Medicaid is the backbone of the 2010 health law – considered Obama’s signature legislative achievement – which, starting in 2014, expands coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans. As many as 17 million of those newly insured citizens will be on Medicaid. Romney would turn over much control of the program to states and give them new powers to tailor benefits and eligibility to their own budget needs. Romney says such a move would begin saving $100 billion per year by 2016.

The following list of “frequently asked questions” provides more details on the presidential candidates’ plans for Medicaid. (more…)

An Interview with NAHC’s President on the Affordable Care Act

August 17, 2012

April Cashin-Garbutt sat down with Val Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its impact on the home health care industry.

Please can you tell us a little bit about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? (more…)

Florida: A Bellwether for Medicaid Expansion

August 8, 2012
By Erin N. Marcus, The Atlantic

rick-scott-615.jpgHe was a “frequent flyer” — a patient with multiple health problems who gets admitted to the hospital repeatedly. It was usually because he hadn’t taken his medicine correctly, if at all. When he left the hospital 10 days earlier, he told his physician that he wouldn’t have problems filling his prescriptions, because he had Medicaid. But when he arrived at his local drug store, it wasn’t so easy. (more…)

Medicaid: Life & Death Politics?

August 3, 2012
By Carol GentryHealth News Florida

A Harvard study that found a longer life expectancy in states where Medicaid was expanded years ago could have significant implications for Florida, with thousands of lives each year riding on a decision that until now rested only on money and politics.

Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican who has been highly critical of the Affordable Care Act, calls Medicaid expansion a budget-buster. As soon as the Supreme Court deemed it optional, he ruled it out for Florida. But that was before the life-expectancy study came out. (more…)