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

these spiraling costs, in conjunction with the Administration's Medicare cut, will undermine nursing homes on an operational basis, and jeopardize seniors' care needs on a clinical level. On virtually every front, America's skilled nursing facilities are facing budget cuts and cost increases, and it is time to sound the alarm."

Yarwood and Rosenbloom said that in the days ahead, state long term care leaders and the front line caregivers responsible for the care and well being of frail, elderly seniors will detail how the Bush Administration's proposed Medicare cuts will negatively impact seniors in specific states, in specific ways. The profession collectively is urging lawmakers to contact Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt to oppose the regulatory cut within the CMS comment period so that the federal agency must respond. In addition, long term care leaders seek to inform the leadership of the U.S. Senate and House of their concerns about the risks to skilled nursing facilities, and their opposition to any Medicare cuts - including the SNF market basket, which remains threatened.


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