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AHCA, Alliance Warn Rural Seniors Will Bear Major Brunt of Bush Administration's Medicare Cuts
Date:5/27/2008

- pose growing cost and care-access problems. The new AHCA analysis of how the "forecast error" Medicare cut will impact rural facilities and patients' care needs finds the following:

State Rural Cut Rural PPD State Total

(in millions) (patient per day) (in millions)

OH $9.1 $11.79 $45.4

TX $8.2 $10.05 $45.7

NC $7.4 $11.09 $21.8

IL $6.6 $10.94 $42.7

PA $6.6 $11.52 $37.7

TN $6.5 $10.84 $18.8

KY $5.6 $10.84 $13.0

IN $5.3 $11.02 $23.6

MO $5.1 $10.35 $16.6

MI $4.7 $11.24 $27.4

U.S. $133.2 $10.96 $770

"When it comes to America's rural nursing homes and the Medicare beneficiaries dependent upon their care and services, cuts like those soon to be implemented are a looming disaster from the standpoint of negatively affecting facilities' already fragile cost structures, staffing, and ultimately, patient care," warned Yarwood. "At the national and state levels, we will significantly raise the profile of how these Medicare cuts will hurt every Medicare beneficiary - and especially how these illogical, ill-considered cuts will undermine care in rural America."

Rosenbloom added facilities' total Medicare margins remain very low, and that energy, food, and vendor delivery costs - in conjunction with growing pressure on state Medicaid budgets - are squeezing rural facilities in a worrisome manner. "As every American is increasingly concerned about the spike in energy and food prices, we plan on ensuring federal lawmakers are acutely aware how
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