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12/05/2017

Dangerous Tax Bill Moves Forward And Must Be Stopped

The House and Senate have each passed their own version of H.R. 1 and are now starting a House/Senate Conference Committee to iron out their differences. Both bills are bad for older adults. At risk are the medical expense tax deduction, private activity bonds and advance refunding, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

11/17/2017

Major Tax Reform Legislation Passes House: What's Next?

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed major tax reform legislation. Attention on efforts to make the first major changes to the federal tax code in decades now turns to the U.S. Senate, where a vote is expected as early as next week.

09/20/2017

URGENT: Tell Your Senators to Protect Medicaid

Just when everyone thought we had a breather from fighting efforts to cut and cap Medicaid, things have changed once again in the Senate. Medicaid opponents could bring another piece of health care legislation to the Senate floor before the end of September.

07/26/2017

Hospice MITS Portal: Goes Live August,  ONLY Two Trainings Offered

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is in the process of User Acceptance Training (UAT) for the MITS hospice portal. Several ODM staff are testing the portal and are actively working to make certain the system is ready for the August 16, 2017 release date. ODM is also slated to have a conference call with a hospice that has been utilizing the portal for some time, to gather “hands on” information to apply during the UAT process.

07/06/2017

Ohio House Overrides Governor’s Veto on Nursing Home Rates, MLTSS

This morning the Ohio House of Representatives voted to override 11 of the Governor’s 47 line-item vetoes, including those affecting nursing facility payment rates and Medicaid MLTSS (Managed Long Term Services and Supports).

06/13/2017

Senate Sub Bill Released: Funding Maintained for NFs and HCBS

Yesterday, the Ohio Senate released its version of the biennium budget Sub HB49 (R. Smith). The Senate took into consideration the recent revenue projections of the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) and the assumption that Medicaid caseloads would increase more than the executive budget predicted. In a press conference, Senate President Larry Obhof stated, “The bill maintains tax cuts and reforms from previous budget cycles and does not dip into the Rainy Day Fund .” The Senate looked to close the gap of what they believe is a projected budget shortfall of over $1 billion. The Senate Finance Committee accepted the sub bill for consideration.

05/09/2017

Ohio House Sub Bill: What You Need to Know

Last week, the Ohio House of Representatives released its iteration of the biennial budget, outlining its priorities for the coming two years. The House was under additional pressure as the Office of Management and Budget estimated an additional $800 million shortfall that needed to be accommodated. The House successfully stripped $630 million from the executive budget levels, some of it at a cost to senior service providers.

02/21/2017

State Fiscal Years 2018-19 Operating Budget, HB 49: Summary of Long-Term Care Provisions

Gov. Kasich’s final biennium budget was introduced in the House Finance Committee on February 8, 2017, HB 49 (Rep. Smith). While the House is now actively working to create its proposed changes, we wanted members to have a summary of the executive budget provisions impacting long term care providers that are included in the governor’s budget. As a reminder, the House is holding committee and standing subcommittee hearings on the operating appropriations bills. Testimony from Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), Ohio Department of Aging (ODA), Office of Health Transformation (OHT) are expected to occur the week of March 7. The House is expected to release its substitute bill in mid-April.

01/30/2017

Continued Rollout of the RoPs Toolkit Resources Now Available

LeadingAge and the LeadingAge state affiliates (including LeadingAge Ohio) are working in conjunction with Pathway Health to provide tools to help members navigate through the Requirements of Participation for Phase I of the new Mega Rule.

01/23/2017

First SNF Mega Rule Tools Now Available

LeadingAge and the LeadingAge state affiliates (including LeadingAge Ohio) are working in conjunction with Pathway Health to provide tools to help members navigate through the Requirements of Participation for Phase I of the new Mega Rule. The policies and tools, which will be available from the LeadingAge Ohio member/subscriber restricted website, have been designed for national distribution and comply with the CMS Mega Rule.

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