Nurses Recommend Nurse to Patient Ratios

We as a country spend a lot of our federal tax dollars on medical care. Medicare, medicaid and the  affordable care act (Obamacare) are large parts of that spending.

Much of that care money is spent on the hard work that our country’s nurses provide. But they are human beings and not robots in an assembly line. There is a physical limit to what they can do to deliver optimal care to patients.

The image above is their recommendation on what the nurse to patient ratio should look like. Here is what they further say:

National Nurses United(NNU) — the largest union of registered nurses in the country — is proud to announce the introduction today in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Sherrod Brown (S.1063) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (H.R. 2392) NNU-sponsored legislation setting specific safety limits on the numbers of patients each RN can care for in hospitals throughout the U.S.

The bills, both known as the Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act, establish minimum RN-to-patient ratios for every hospital unit at all times. They also provide whistleblower protection to assure that nurses are free to speak out for enforcement of safe staffing standards.

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New Obamacare Premium Tax Credit Form

irsIf you are eligible to receive a premium tax credit in 2014, information about your advance premium tax credit will be reported and the actual premium tax credit will be determined on IRS Form 8962.

Tax Returns, Obamacare & You

obamacare-logo_fullThis is the first year that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will impact tax returns for Americans. Starting in mid January, the IRS and many taxpayers will start to receive information about their health coverage for 2014. They’ll need that information to correctly file their tax return for 2014.

Here are some of the forms they should expect to receive:

1095 – A – This form will be received by anyone that purchased insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. This form will show details about the insurance coverage including the effective date, amount of premium and the advance premium tax credit.

1095 – B – This form may be provided by private insurers and self funded plans to their policyholders. It summarizes the coverage the policyholder had with them for the year.

1095 – CEmployers may provide this form which provides information about a taxpayer’s health insurance plan and who was covered.

It is worth noting that because this is a transition period that forms 1095-B and 1095-C are not required for 2014 tax year.

 

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