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A Supreme Court decision is expected within the next week on challenges to the 2010 federal health law. Parts of the law have already been implemented but the bulk of it won’t take effect until 2014.

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A Supreme Court decision is expected within the next week on challenges to the 2010 federal health law. Parts of the law have already been implemented but the bulk of it won’t take effect until 2014.

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Update: THIS IS A GUIDE TO THE ORIGINAL HEALTHCARE BILL H.R. 3200. Yes the healthcare bill HR3962 passed. Now its up to us to do all we can to repeal it This…

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OPEN FORUM: What do you want to know about healthcare changes?
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Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 30, 2012

The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers has been working across states to raise awareness and empower Latino workers and older adults to advocate for leaves that pay laws at the local and state level. Leaves that pay policies are the best way to ensure that workers dont have to choose between their family and their job. Job security and steady wages are crucial for the Hispanic community as many workers are also caregivers and heads of households.

With the flu season underway, it is likely that workers without paid sick days are going to work ill. This creates a toll on the individuals health, but also makes possible the spread of the illness to those in the work or family environment. Similarly, there are also workers who do have leaves that pay, but dont use it when they are sick because they are unaware of the benefit.

The Leaves That Pay initiative is more than good public health policy, its common sense, said Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA President and CEO. When workers can stay home to take care of themselves or a loved one while earning wages, both individuals and the health care system are better off in the long run. Leaves that pay enable workers to avoid spreading illnesses, and to manage minor health problems before they become serious or chronic.

That is why NHCOA has been working to raise awareness among Latino workers in California, which has leaves that pay laws in place. While these workers are the ones who need leaves that pay the most, they are the least likely to use it in the event of an illness. In fact, according to a 2011 study by Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman only 34% of Hispanic Californians were aware these laws existed. Likewise, NHCOA has been working with advocates in New York City to bring a leaves that pay bill, which was introduced more than a year ago, to vote in the City Council. As the initiative expands, NHCOA hopes to empower Latino communities in Southern Florida to advocate for a similar law, and to expand an existing worker disability law in New Jersey.

NHCOAs Leaves That Pays initiative is sponsored by the Ford Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.nhcoa.org.







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With the advent of accountable care organizations and health homes, there is an increased focus on care coordination. In these collaborative arrangements, there are challenges to coordinating care across institutional boundaries. Much is known about the challenges but there remain unsolved questions about how to address them. This panel convened experts from a variety of settings to review what is being done today, what we know needs to be done, and the things that we still need to figure out. Panelists: Susan Beane, MD — Vice President and Medical Director, Healthfirst Neil Calman, MD — President and Co-Founder, Institute for Urban Family Health; Chairman of Family Medicine and Community Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Alex Federman, MD — Division Chief of General Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Thomas Moore, MPA — Vice President for Care Coordination, Healthix www.DigitalHealthConference.com www.nyehealth.org

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(PRWEB) September 12, 2012

Human Resources Outsourcing firm CPEhr released this week a new e-book answering twelve important health care reform questions that will directly affect businesses in the coming years.

The e-book, entitled The Twelve Health Care Reform Questions Every Employer Needs to Know, simplifies complex health-care concepts and addresses many of the unanswered questions troubling employers. The answers are written in a light, easy-to-read format, using clear and simplified language and terminology.

While there is a great deal of information about health care reform available to employers, we have found that much of it contains terminology that is unfamiliar to many business owners, explains CPEhrs Director of Benefits Compliance Dana Osayande, who assisted in researching and writing the e-book. The bottom line is that they simply want to know how it will affect their business and employees. We wanted to prepare a document that uses more common terminology and language that the average business owner would find easy to understand.

Several topics covered in the e-book include:

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Question by MaryJane: Since Republicans know they can’t change the healthcare law, are their stall tactics equal to campaigning?
Is a futile appeal to the right-wing really how you want your representatives spending their time and your tax dollars? It’s just a game; they know there’s no overturning this law.

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Answer by DAR
Nonsense. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and this bill clearly violates it.

What do you think? Answer below!

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Health Care Reform and American Politics:What Everyone Needs to Know

Health Care Reform and American Politics:What Everyone Needs to Know

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama in March 2010 is a landmark in U.S. social legislation. The new law extends health insurance to nearly all Americans, fulfilling a century-long quest and bringing the United States to parity with other industrial nations. Affordable Care aims to control rapidly rising health care costs and promises to make the United States more equal, reversing four decades of rising disparities between the very rich and everyone else. Millions of people of modest means will gain new benefits and protections from insurance company abuses – and the tab will be paid by privileged corporations and the very rich.
How did such a bold reform effort pass in a polity wracked by partisan divisions and intense lobbying by special interests? What does Affordable Care mean – and what comes next? In Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know, Lawrence R. Jacobs and Theda Skocpol–two of the nation’s leading experts on politics and health care policy–provide a concise and accessible overview. They explain the political battles of 2009 and 2010, highlighting White House strategies, the deals Democrats cut with interest groups, and the impact of agitation by Tea Partiers and progressives. Jacobs and Skocpol spell out what the new law can do for everyday Americans, what it will cost, and who will pay. Above all, they explain what comes next, as critical yet often behind-the-scenes battles rage over implementing reform nationally and in the fifty states. Affordable Care might end up being weakened. But, like Social Security and Medicare, it could also gain strength and popularity as the majority of Americans learn what it can do for them.

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