Alliance Seeking Testimony for Public Hearing

The Alliance is collecting testimony relative to a pair of legislative proposals that will be among others taken up by the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing at their June 3rd public hearing.

They are: Senate Bill 535, An Act to Establish an Equitable Rate of Payment for Medicaid Home Health Services.

And, Senate Bill 552, An Act Requiring an Analysis of Medicaid Home Health Rates.

Since our annual Spring Conference begins on the day of the public hearing, the Alliance will submit written testimony and data to support these important proposals. We hope those interested in offering their support will send us their written testimony as well.

Check our Legislative Priorities or contact James Fuccione at the Alliance for more information on these bills.

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Rehab Managers Meeting July 15, 2009

These meetings are for Rehab Managers to share ideas, network with peers, and develop special projects pertinent to the quality management and performance improvement.

There are no fee to attend and registration is not required; simply show up and participate.

Contact Helen Siegel with questions or suggestions for agenda items.

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Emerging Leaders Spots Still Available

The scarcity of middle managers properly equipped to move into their companies’ leadership is a key challenge facing the home health industry.  To help combat this problem, the Foundation for Home Health has teamed with Suffolk University to develop the Emerging Leader program.

Full details are available in the brochure and registration form.  Applications are due by June 30, 2009.  There is a limit of 25 participants.

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Insurance Partnership Income Ceilings Increased

The Insurance Partnership, the state and federally funded program that helps small businesses (including the self-employed) and their qualified workers pay for company-sponsored health insurance have been increased.

Check this pamphlet from the Partnership for more information and to see if you qualify.

If qualified for the Insurance Partnership, both the business and employee receive assistance paying for their company-sponsored health insurance.  Businesses can receieve up to $1,000 per year for each eligible employee, while the employee’s monthly premiums can be reduced to as little as $27 per month (depending on income level).

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HCA Holds Briefing for Congressional Staff

Executive Director Pat Kelleher and Director of Legislative & Public Affairs James Fuccione traveled to Washington DC in late March for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s annual conference. Along with several agency members, the Alliance held a briefing for Congressional staff on proposed cuts to home health in the President’s budget and also met with Congressman James P. McGovern.

McGovern continues to be a champion for home health and the Alliance is assisting his office in fighting the proposed reductions. The Congressman was also featured on the cover of Caring Magazine and has circulated a letter among his colleagues announcing the reconvening of the House’s Home Health Working Group.

For more details on this lobbying effort, see our press release and for more on the Congressman and Alliance’s advocacy work, please contact us or visit our Advocacy Center.

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