Posts Tagged ‘Susan Collins’

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…)

Legislation Would Modify Definition of “Full-Time Employee” from 30 to 40 Hours in the PPACA

April 30, 2013

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) recently introduced the “Forty Hours is Full Time Act of 2013” (S. 701). It would modify the definition of full-time employee (FTE) for purposes of the shared responsibility mandates in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  Starting in 2014, the PPACA imposes a $2,000 employer penalty for each full-time employee – after the first 30 – where the business employs 50 or more full time equivalent employees, does not offer health insurance to all employees, and at least one of the employees qualifies for a federal subsidy to purchase health insurance. The definition of “full-time employee” in the calculation of target employer’s penalty is based upon the total of the number of employees working at least 30 hours a week. (more…)

Sen. Collins: ‘Home Care Can Reduce Cost and Improve Quality of Life’

March 26, 2013

- Contributed photoOp-Ed By U.S. Senator Susan Collins

The challenges facing our nation’s health care system today are driven by demographics. The first member of the baby boom generation turned 65 last year. Our health care system now stands directly in the path of a tidal wave of aging baby boomers who will be retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day for the next 20 years. That system will clearly have to adapt and change if it is to survive that impact.

One of the most important things that we can do is to shift our orientation from institutional to community and home-based care. Advances in technology and infrastructure have made it possible for older adults – who previously would have been forced to move to a hospital or nursing home – to stay just where they want to be: in the comfort, privacy and security of their own homes. In fact, a survey conducted for the Maine chapter of the AARP found that nine out of 10 Mainers would prefer to receive services at home as opposed to a nursing home or other residential care facility. (more…)

Legislation to Establish Fairer Case Mix Evaluation System Introduced in Congress

July 12, 2012

HCAF Urges Home Care Advocates to Contact Members of Congress

Congressional Home Health Caucus co-chairs, U.S. Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC), introduced H.R.6059, the Home Health Care Access Protection Act before Congress adjourned for the July 4 recess. H.R.6059 would establish a fairer and more transparent process when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) evaluate case mix changes. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced the Senate version of this legislation, S.659, last year. (more…)