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Pending and Recently Adopted Federal & State Legislation Relevant to Caregivers and Their Senior Loved Ones

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Recently Adopted Federal Laws:
HealthCare.gov Met Repair Goals On Time, US Dept of Health & Human Services Announces
December 1, 2013 Posted by Editor
HealthCare.gov Met Repair Goals On Time, US Dept of Health & Human Services Announces

In a report issued December 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) said that the ongoing repairs to the HealthCare.gov website met the Administration's goals, and the site is now working properly for the vast majority of people w...

Seminar on New Insurance Options in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace to be Given by Palm Beach County Medical Society
November 16, 2013 Posted by Editor
Seminar on New Insurance Options in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace to be Given by Palm Beach County Medical Society

The Palm Beach County Medical Society has announced that it will hold a seminar on "Understanding the Affordable Care Act" which will "explore new options the Health Insurance Marketplace will give physicians and your patients." The Seminar wil...

Public Meeting on Healthcare/Medicaid Expansion Called by Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation
July 2, 2013 Posted by Editor
Public Meeting on Healthcare/Medicaid Expansion Called by Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation

The Palm Beach County, Florida State Legislative Delegation has announced that it will hold a public meeting on July 15, 2013, to hear comments from the public on the topic of Healthcare/ Medicaid Expansion under the new federal Health Care Law. ...

New Health Insurance Exchanges under Health Care Law Do Not Affect Medicare
June 26, 2013 Posted by Editor
New Health Insurance Exchanges under Health Care Law Do Not Affect Medicare

Apparently some seniors on Medicare have expressed confusion or concern about whether the new Health Insurance Marketplace (also referred to as a health care exchange) being implemented under the Health Care Law affects Medicare in any way. It does no...

Enrollment for New Health Insurance Exchanges Begins on Oct 1, 2013; HealthCare.gov Updated to Help Consumers Prepare
June 25, 2013 Posted by Editor
Enrollment for New Health Insurance Exchanges Begins on Oct 1, 2013; HealthCare.gov Updated to Help Consumers Prepare

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on June 24 that open enrollment for the new federally-run health insurance exchange (called the "Health Insurance Marketplace") being implemented under the Health Care Law, will begin O...

Number of Uninsured Up, but Health Care Law Has Helped & Will Help Further Starting in 2014, Commonwealth Fund Reports
April 28, 2013 Posted by Editor
Number of Uninsured Up, but Health Care Law Has Helped & Will Help Further Starting in 2014, Commonwealth Fund Reports

In a new report issued on Friday, the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund reported the results of its 2012 biennial survey on the number of U.S. adults who lacked health insurance or were underinsured. The total number of uninsured adults over age 19 incr...

Health Care Law Saved 6.1 Million People on Medicare Over $5.7 Billion on Prescription Drugs in 2012, New Report Shows
February 7, 2013 Posted by Editor
Health Care Law Saved 6.1 Million People on Medicare Over $5.7 Billion on Prescription Drugs in 2012, New Report Shows

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new report on February 7, 2013, showing that during 2012, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (which some call "Obamacare") has saved 6.1 million people on Medicare more than...

HHS Finalizes New Rule Strengthening Patient Privacy Rights
January 21, 2013 Posted by Editor
HHS Finalizes New Rule Strengthening Patient Privacy Rights

On January 17, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced publication in the Federal Register of the final version of a new rule strengthening patient privacy rights. The new rule strengthens the privacy and security protection...

Proposed New Rules Implementing Key Provisions of Obamacare Published for Public Comment
November 29, 2012 Posted by Editor
Proposed New Rules Implementing Key Provisions of Obamacare Published for Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced proposed new rules implementing three key areas of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (which some call "Obamacare"). The proposed rules were officially published in the Feder...

US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude
October 19, 2012 Posted by Editor
US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude

In a health policy paper published on October 11, 2012 in The Lancet medical journal, US and UK experts on healthcare policy who co-authored the article conclude that, even though the US and UK healthcare systems are often thought of as polar opposites...

In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare
October 5, 2012 Posted by Editor
In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare

So far, much of the punditry and commentary following the first U.S. Presidential Debate, which took place Wednesday, October 3 in Denver, has focused on the style, optics, and mannerisms of the candidates -- not on the substance of what they said. ...

New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare
October 3, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday awards of funding to seven organizations selected to partner with CMS and 145 nursing homes in seven different states in a new pilot program aimed at improving quality of care...

Due to Affordable Care Act, People with Medicare will Save $5,000 to $18,000 through 2022, HHS Reports
September 26, 2012 Posted by Editor
Due to Affordable Care Act, People with Medicare will Save $5,000 to $18,000 through 2022, HHS Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report on Friday, September 21, projecting that the average person with traditional Medicare will save $5,000 from 2010 to 2022 because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ...

New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act
September 23, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that $12.5 million in awards funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act will be made to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to help older Americ...

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Pending Federal Legislation:
The Individual Mandate & Health Care Reform
February 19, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

The future survival of the health-care law may rest with Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  For the how and why of health-care reform, a clear account of the bi-partisan history of the individual mandate, and a discussion of where health-care ref...

Thomas Register
October 14, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

Legislative information from the Library of Congress A place to search for pending legislation relating to caregivers and caregiving by word/phrase or Bill Number Also browse Bills by Sponsor Read More »»»

Bill Search
October 14, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

From Govtrack.us, a civic project to track Congress. This is a very useful tool to find any bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate, and track its progress through Congress on the path toward becoming law. Search for a bill in...

A search engine for pending legislation relating to Elder Justice
October 14, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

From the American Bar Association Search information about laws related to Elder Abuse Read More »»»

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Recendly Adopted State Laws:
States Slash Home Health Care & Adult Day Care Services for the Neediest; Likely to Increase Costs
July 17, 2011 Posted by Editor
States Slash Home Health Care & Adult Day Care Services for the Neediest; Likely to Increase Costs

Several reports recently have noted that across the nation, U.S. states are slashing Medicaid dollars for home health care services and adult day care services that help keep the elderly and disabled out of nursing homes. State lawmakers cite budget s...

Recently Adopted State Laws Relevant To Caregiving – State By State
October 16, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

State Legislation Relevant to Caregivers Introduced or Enacted in 2007 and 2008, by the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping family caregivers.  A chart prepared by the FCA, summarizing State legislation pend...

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Pending State Legislation:
Public Meeting on Healthcare/Medicaid Expansion Called by Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation
July 2, 2013 Posted by Editor
Public Meeting on Healthcare/Medicaid Expansion Called by Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation

The Palm Beach County, Florida State Legislative Delegation has announced that it will hold a public meeting on July 15, 2013, to hear comments from the public on the topic of Healthcare/ Medicaid Expansion under the new federal Health Care Law. ...

New Reports Highlight Harm to Women if Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law
April 6, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Reports Highlight Harm to Women if Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

In Supreme Court arguments last week and in the press, the debate over the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act ("Affordable Care Act"), which some call "Obamacare," has centered around legal arguments whether the individual insurance mandate in th...

States Slash Home Health Care & Adult Day Care Services for the Neediest; Likely to Increase Costs
July 17, 2011 Posted by Editor
States Slash Home Health Care & Adult Day Care Services for the Neediest; Likely to Increase Costs

Several reports recently have noted that across the nation, U.S. states are slashing Medicaid dollars for home health care services and adult day care services that help keep the elderly and disabled out of nursing homes. State lawmakers cite budget s...

Which State Provides the Best Health Care?
June 23, 2011 Posted by Editor
Which State Provides the Best Health Care?

A study by the Commonwealth Fund ranked the 50 U.S. States as to the quality of their health care in 2009. [See Image At Left] Recently, U.S. States have signaled increasingly divergent approaches to health care, moving in opposite directions in th...

Pending State Legislation Relevant To Caregiving – State By State
October 16, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

State Legislation Relevant to Caregivers Introduced or Enacted, by the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping family caregivers.  A chart prepared by the FCA, summarizing State legislation pending or ad...

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