Not a happy new year.
Check this out:
Starting Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin slashing 14 percent of their Home Health Care Prospective Payment Program budget, driving small home health-care providers out of business and potentially affecting millions of poor, elderly citizens in need of physical rehabilitation.
The cuts — which are being made to fund Obamacare — will slash the homecare budget 3.5 percent every year for the next four.
“By CMS’s own calculation, 40 percent or nearly 5,000 home health companies — mainly small businesses — will experience a “net loss” in revenue due to the cuts and go into the red by 2017,” The Washington Examiner reports. “That will put many of them out of business.”