Your government at work. Sort of. A few hours in to the new year and issues are already cropping up with ObamaCare. Health care workers are not being paid. The Weekly Standard reports that a Houston hospital has been unable to meet payroll for several weeks:
The contractor building the financial management system for Healthcare.gov is being blamed by a Houston hospital for delayed Medicare reimbursements that have caused the hospital to miss payrolls for weeks. Novitas Solutions is the federal government’s new Medicare payment processor for the south-central region of the country hired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.)
If this happens in the private sector, the Department of Labor could use its regulatory muscle to force the employer to pay or face stiff penalties.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires covered employers to pay non exempt employees at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009, for all hours worked and overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The FLSA is administered by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Hospitals and other institutions “primarily engaged in the care of the sick, the aged, or the mentally ill” are covered employers under Section 3(s)(1)(B) of the FLSA. Thus, hospitals, residential care establishments, skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities and intermediate care facilities for mental retardation and developmentally disabled must comply with the minimum wage, overtime and youth employment requirements of the FLSA.
As I penned earlier today, gird your political loins. This is just the start of the upcoming ObamaCare and federal budget crisis. The creeping regulatory super-state needs controlling. Congress needs to rein it in and Republicans need to stop trying to salvage it.
Saint Anthony’s Hospital is in Houston, Texas. It is represented in Congress by two Representatives who voted in favor of ObamaCare: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex. 18) and Rep. Gene Green (D-Tex. 29). Rep. Green has a town hall meeting today. RNC and NRCC: Hint.
Maybe these 100 or so hospital employees should consider filing a complaint with the Department of Labor. That could really muck up the regulatory arena: