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HCAOA WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
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Please see the enclosed Spring 2018 edition of HCAOA’s Quarterly Magazine, The Voice.
 
Highlighted in this issue of The Voice is our feature article "The Tax Cut and Jobs Act: What’s in It for Home Care Owners?" by Scott Osborne of Osborne HomeCare Group, that discusses the recently passed tax reform legislation and provides information on how home care providers can take advantage and benefit from the new law.

Further in our Public Policy News section, we provide a summary of HCAOA’s efforts to fight a pair of court rulings in New York State relative to Live-In home care services. The story, "New York Home Care Provider’s Response to Appellate Court Rulings That Live-In Home Care Attendants Must be Paid for Sleep and Meal Periods" by Angelo Spinola and Pierre Noebes from Littler Law firm outlines the history of the New York Department of Labor’s (NYDOL) well-established policy and guidance requiring payment of “live-in” home care aides for 13 hours of a 24-hour shift. That pay practice, known as the “13-hour rule,” permitted employers of home care aides working 24-hour shifts to pay aides for 13 hours per shift, provided the aides are afforded 8 uninterrupted hours for sleep, and 3 uninterrupted hours for meals. However, recent appellate decisions invalidated the NYDOL policy requiring that sleep and meal periods must be included in the hourly wages of most home care attendants employed by a New York home care provider.

This issue also includes details of a proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calling for changes to the Medicare health and drug programs in 2019 that increase flexibility in Medicare Advantage, allowing more options and new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries, meeting their unique health needs and improving their quality of life.

One new option will be the availability of home care services. As a part of these changes, CMS is redefining health-related supplemental benefits to include services that increase health and improve quality of life, including coverage of in-home support services. 

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