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After House Committee Chairs Meet on Health Reform, Long Term Care Leaders Say Rescinding Bush-Era Medicare Regulation Critical to Protecting Jobs, Preserving Quality Eldercare
Date:6/10/2009

Administration's FY 2010 Budget Must be Aligned With Nation's Broader Economic, Health Policy Goals

WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY), Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-CA) met yesterday with House Democrats to begin crafting a health reform package, leaders of the nation's two largest long term care advocacy organizations urged the lawmakers to help reject a Bush-era Medicare regulation included in President Obama's FY 2010 budget that will cut 30,000 key health jobs, and stifle delivery system reforms already benefiting patients and taxpayers.

"We strongly support the effort of Congress to help President Obama achieve his job creation and health reform objectives, but we strongly oppose the Administration's support for a Bush-era Medicare regulation that will kill health jobs, inhibit patient choice, and slow key delivery system reforms now benefiting patients and taxpayers," said Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association (AHCA).

Alan G. Rosenbloom, President of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, pointed out the pending regulation -- sidetracked last year due to significant bipartisan U.S. Senate and House opposition -- also has the deleterious effect of cutting Medicare nursing home funding by $1.05 billion in FY 2010, $7.23 billion over five years, and $18 billion over ten years, according to the Administration's own budget projections.

"With President Obama and his team diligently focused on job creation and health care reforms designed to expand access and control delivery costs, we urge congressional leaders shaping the House plan to help ensure the Medicare regulatory actions being pursued by the federal government are in-synch and complementary with our broader policy objectives -- not contr
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