Trump Administration Issues Rule Against Union Disability Scheme

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By 1600 Staff

A new rule from the Trump Administration is set to deal a blow to unions who are skiming federal funds from in-home care providers.

The Washington Free Beacon Reports:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiated a new rule that will prevent unions from collecting payments from home health aides, many of whom are caring for disabled relatives. Millions of dollars are paid to those caregivers each year from the federal government, but it is up to states to distribute the money. Several states have forced them to surrender portions of their dues to local unions in order to continue receiving their federal reimbursements in the past. The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services has proposed a rule to officially prohibit such schemes.

“This proposed rule would remove the regulatory text that allows a state to make payments to third parties on behalf of an individual provider for benefits such as health insurance, skills training, and other benefits customary for employees,” the proposal says. “We are concerned that these provisions are overbroad, and insufficiently linked to the exceptions expressly permitted by the statute.” The rule could put a major financial dent into union coffers if it is adopted. Labor organizations receive tens of millions of dollars taken from Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements each year, according to a department analysis of payments to several states, including union strongholds such as New York and California. The policy, however, would not hinder any recipient from volunteering to pay a labor organization.

“We estimate that unions may currently collect as much as $71 million,” the proposal says. “If a state elected to maintain the same level of payment, and if homecare providers opt to continue all voluntary payments presently being reassigned, then the rule may have no impacts.”

The current framework allows unions to act as a third party collector of federal monies for disabled union members. This has been source of numerous lawsuits, as their have been allegations of mismanagement of the monies by the unions. This move could deny significant amounts of money to unions, who allegedly divert the federal funds away from the patients and caregivers to unions in states where they have power. The rule is open for comment until August, but is on the road to implementation.

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William T. Creelman
William T. Creelman
2 years ago

It is about time

john morris
2 years ago

i have been in health care administration for over 35 year. i have never heard of such a program that gives money to unions for doing nothing. people who are sick and disabled require constant care. this can be very expensive. i am glad this is being changed and putting the money back where it was intended to go.

Rose Singleton
Rose Singleton
2 years ago

Fantastic. Unions were good once, not now. They have been destroying this country using strong arm bully tactics to get their way among members and others. The whole nation pays their bill. they allow incompetients to stay on the job making as much as a worker. Everyone gets paid whether producing or not. they have destroyed education civil service and many other industries. Because of unions US industry has moved out of our country so the unions took the service industry. Unions have got to go.

Glenda Teems
Glenda Teems
2 years ago

Good! This should be done long time ago!

william
william
2 years ago
Reply to  Glenda Teems

GOT THAT RIGHT !!

Maxx
2 years ago
Reply to  Glenda Teems

Everything related to unions should be totally voluntary. If that were the case unions would soon disappear. All they do is line the pockets of fat lazy union leader thugs.

Jan
Jan
2 years ago
Reply to  Maxx

I’ll bet you never went to your Union meetings or voted for your Union leaders! You have a responsibility as a Union member to attend meetings and vote for your leadership!

ernaldo
ernaldo
2 years ago

YAY! MAGA, Mr President!

Robert L. Kahlcke
2 years ago

God Bless America and President Donald J. Trump.

Dee
Dee
2 years ago

Amazing all these politicians allowed scams like this to go on . Thank goodness we have a ceo in chief that is looking out for Our American Tax dollars ‘

audrey smith
audrey smith
2 years ago
Reply to  Dee

I agree

Maxx
2 years ago
Reply to  Dee

They allow it because it buys them votes. Union dues have been used to pay to support union leader lifestyles and fund democrat communist party candidates.

Sicandtired
Sicandtired
2 years ago

Greatest President ever!!! Very low bar after ovomit though.

N
N
2 years ago

Deep State traitors are everywhere!The evil liberal demoncrat Commie Nazi’s party at work here!Don’t forget the RINOs(Ryan, McShame , McConnell, Rubio , Romney, Sessions, Grahams etc) they’re just as bad! Drain the rat infested Swamp, Pres Trump!

miller
2 years ago

Another,”Conflict of Interest”, perpetrated by the DumbA$$oCROOK Party.

Chris
Chris
2 years ago

Unions look to grab every available dollar in order to donate to money hungry liberal pols who hate the intelligent, educated people they profess to represent. Union workers are sick and tired of this theft of their hard earned money.

J
J
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris

B S

joe ferrari
2 years ago

Unions are a dinosaur, a thing of the past which protected people from being taken advantage of by their employers. Several decades ago these Unions, “protectors”, were no longer useful because the Federal government has laws that protect employees from being taken advantage of by their employers. Minimum wage protection and health benefits are just an example, no racial discrimination and no sexual harassment are other examples. Unions actually hurt their members by protecting employees who don’t do their fair share of work yet receive the same pay as those who work harder. A person who takes pride in their work and works hard is almost certain to be rewarded by their employer while the one who only does enough to fill in their hours is seldom noticed. No one should be obliged or forced to join a Union or to pay them dues if they want to just work without having the benefits that Union workers have. No Bullying or threatening please.

Jon
Jon
2 years ago
Reply to  joe ferrari

Many times the hard worked was threatened and coerced to stop excelling and making the senior union workers look bad. Many times the hard worker was blamed for errors that weren’t theirs and subsequently fired while receiving no backing from the union.

Jan
Jan
2 years ago
Reply to  joe ferrari

You are a idiot! HOW do you think those laws came about? Because of unions fighting for those laws! They can go away, and are going away with the swipe of Trumps pen! WHERE do you work? I never had an employer that gave me a raise out of the goodness of their heart! I’ve yet to see a corporation that had a heart or decided to reward me for my hard work or even pay me for those 60 to 70 hour weeks! After all they got around that problem by putting me on salary! You are never forced to join a union. But you might want a job because of pay and benefits that had been negotiated by union members. (Don’t forget the work place safety) But you want to be a free loader and not pay your ishare for all that goes into obtaining those benefits! If you don’t want to pay those dues find another job!

zee
zee
2 years ago
Reply to  Jan

Jan, i was ‘forced’ to join Teamsters, 0r i didn’t have a dinky jobbee.
I Never, In my Life had a jobbee ‘looking’ for ‘Benefits’. i was ‘independent’.
> That ‘work place Safety???’ CAUSED me a ‘Lifetime Disability’ &&&
Totally SUX (in my senior yrs.) BTW: No Filing. As i’m not a liberal
‘Ambulance chaser’type. Perhaps, I SHOULD FILE, Only for Shelter,
Food, Transpo, Utilities, gee, Internet Access??? All of which i have
Bare bones, for now. Looking grim, in next 2-3 yrs. Whew.
> Sometimes, Easier Said than Done. My personal situation Hit
me like a ‘bullet tween the eyes’ & a ‘ton of bricks’. That’s all___

zee
zee
2 years ago
Reply to  zee

ps Jan. Sure hope U come back to Read this. Thank you. smz/mi

StanB
StanB
2 years ago

Even when you’re off disabled, the union’s want their cut. Socialism at its best.

Gary Casner
Gary Casner
2 years ago

I still don’t trust Trump, or ever will Trust Trump, anyone LOVE RUSSIA & TRUMP are up to no good and can’t be trusted, I believe Trump got away with
All his allegations and another one today, NO WONDER REPUBLICANS TOLD MUELLER TO TAKE HIS TIME WITH HIS INVESTIGATIONS TO GIVE REPUBLICANS MORE TIME TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO REMOVE
TRUMP ACCUSATIONS. SO TRUMP NEW JUDGE CAN DO MORE DAMAGE TO AMERICA AND THAT WHY TRUMP SIGN UNION SCAMS IN COVER UP FOR TRUMP NEW SUPREME COURT CHOSEN WITH ANOTHER DICTATOR JUDGE THAT AGAINST EEOC and CIVIL RIGHTS AND A LOT MORE WE DONT KNOW YET, BUT WE’LL FIND OUT SOON, THINK ABOUT TRUMP LIED TO CARRIER EMPLOYEES IN INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA, and MORE LIES,

Sparkle
Sparkle
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Casner

Boy do u need help. U must be a charming person
Tolive with or associate!

zee
zee
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Casner

Gary, Please. – your comments are Convoluted & W/Out Punctuation.
> Ink your ‘thought Process’ Better. Try again___ ok ? PPL /POTUS DO
Try to Read/Listen/Understand What ppl Are Saying.

Nathan Bryant
Nathan Bryant
2 years ago

Keep it up President Trump.

zee
zee
2 years ago

Mr. President, PLEASE Review ‘Teamster Union’ Widespread CORRUPTION
IE: Current/Ongoing REDUCTION re ‘Pension Plans’ to ppl approaching retirement,
that participated in ‘LifeLong’ Payments. The Stock Portfolio IS Booming !!!.
Thank you, Sir, on behalf of ALL Those , of whom do not ‘speak up’, but ‘bitch’
about it. smz/mi
ps. ‘i’ am only partly involved, DUE to ‘Force’ in joining ‘Teamsters’. Thank GOD, i
Did NOT Give ‘my Entire Life’ to Such Corruption. But – Fair DUE , IS Fair Due.
>Thank you Mr. President. Your ‘ENERGY’ Is Astounding !!! ha ha … 🙂

Jeffrey Cutlip
Jeffrey Cutlip
2 years ago

THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT

Donald Mccormick
2 years ago

The bid dues being collected by the unions are to help their members in need and NOT to try to force political change with the dues they require their members to pay into those unions.
those unions want the government to pay what theunions should be paying for to help their members get past their troubles of being hurt on the jobs.

Maxx
2 years ago

Ask for a third party financial audit of your union. See what kind of response you get. Or just keep drinking the Commie Cool-Aid.

mmk
mmk
2 years ago

Donald McCormick—not falling for that BS. The unions use the funds for political campaigns. Like Janus, no one should be required to donate to a political campaign against his will. The Constitution doesn’t allow for it.

zee
zee
2 years ago
Reply to  mmk

Correct mmk. Some Yrs. ago, i ‘almost’ Invoked ‘the Beck Law’ re ‘union’,
> Large Dues ! & Mailbox WAS Filled w/ Bill Clinton ‘endorsements’ .
> Totally Disgusting /AGAINST ‘my personal political view’ / & Usurped Funds.
>As i Said in above Post, Thank God, i did NOT work my Entire Life for such
Corruption. Many ppl DID & are ‘getting Screwed,’big time’. i know, i work
w/them, they Are Not Happy ‘campers’. Not good. & WHY ‘they’ Do Not Speak
Up, IS Entirely Beyond me, so i will DO ‘it’ For them.

AmericaWakeUp
2 years ago

Today’s unions have become a scam!! The unions have become their own worse enemy and are putting themselves out of business!!!

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

Now its time to get rid of the teachers unions along with all the fed employees unions.

Maxx
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Federal unions were prohibited by FDR back in the 1930’s. He said they were a ‘”self defeating enterprise” pitting the American citizens against the American citizens. How and who was responsible for allowing them to be created should be exposed. You can bet your life it was Democrat Communist politicians.

zee
zee
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Ou Steve, Some SERIOUS ‘subject matter’ re Teachers Union’ etc.
Not too good re Top Level Management.

RufusVonDufuss
RufusVonDufuss
2 years ago

I hope with proof they can imprison hundreds of these scum who run unions and their scams. Unions have ruined our country.

Dale
Dale
2 years ago

IF the STATES continue TO ALLOW the Double DIPPING of a person claim disability so they can care for a disabled FAMILY MEMBER & get PAID TWICE from the Unions & the STATES Health Care System – FORCE THESE PEOPLE TO RETURN TO WORK & HIRE HEALTH CARE ATTENDANCE or GIVE UP THEIR JOBS & CARE for this Person because they don’t want a Strange taking care of them. And if the STATES REFUSE to STOP this practice of the receiving of TWO PAYCHECKS – DROP FEDERAL FUNDING TO THAT STATE – I CAN’T GET TWO DISABILITY CHECKS !!!

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

“The policy, however, would not hinder any recipient from volunteering to pay a labor organization.”
“Volunteering”, Rhiiiight. You Volunteer so “someone” doesn’t see that you have an “accident”.
Most of the unions/union members I have worked with have been very honest, but I have seen/directly heard of instances where some were NOT. IF the Policy ids voluntary I would bet a lot that there will be a lot of claims added.

Jim
Jim
2 years ago

This is just RIPE for unions to step in and “provide care” for people.
“…be a shame if you fell down…”
I have worked with several different unions over my working years. Most were good, honest people, some went far above and beyond to help, then there were those (luckily few) who “suggested that something might happen”.

zee
zee
2 years ago
Reply to  Jim

BEFORE ‘my recent times’ (as senior now) w/TEAMSTERS (ahem) . Did they(Teamsters)
get their ‘hands slapped’ Over 15-20 Yrs ago, For Corruption & was ‘bailed Out’ of
their KrAAp. YESS!!! However, sometimes < unions Have protected a Some ppl.

Blairo
Blairo
2 years ago

Great Job Mr. President! Should NEVER have been allowed in the first place. Drain the Swamp! Unions are Swamp Dwellers of the Worst Kind!! MAGA!! Eat a dummycRAT!!!

Sparkle
Sparkle
2 years ago

CANT DEAL WITH THIS SITE ANYMORE. TOO MANY POPUPS TO GET TO THE
MEAT OF ARTICKE. VERY FRUSTRATING & annoying! Count me out!

zee
zee
2 years ago
Reply to  Sparkle

Someting going on w/your pc re ‘pop-ups’ . You can ‘fix’ that. Look into
prompts etc. I do not get any of that crap on this site & Glad of it.
> Others sites, yes, but under control. Come Back. MOST PPL ARE
Respectful Here. Only ‘sometimes’ a Nasty Troll. Good luck Sparkle,
try to figure it out.

Backgammon
Backgammon
1 year ago

These are the accomplishments the press refuse to share. How would anyone know? Not only do they lie about him, they hide the positive policy he has enacted.

JackPowersIII
JackPowersIII
8 months ago

Unions are great if you wish to form a ‘Workers Labor Party’, (read direct from The Communist Manifesto) but not so good at filtering out organized crime. Sensible laws on the books can control Big Business, and Management when it comes to regulating corporate and tech-industry giants and their HR departments.

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