Navigation Links
As Congress Begins Debate on Bush Budget, Front-Line Caregivers Urge Rejection of Medicare Cuts
Date:3/4/2008

Coalition to Protect Senior Care Praises Sens. Johnson, Collins and Reps. Berkley, Capito for Leading Bipartisan Capitol Hill Effort to Derail Proposed Five-Year, $24 Billion Medicare Cuts

JOPLIN, Mo., March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With Congress scheduled to begin hearings this week on the Bush Administration's FY 2009 budget, a coalition of front-line caregiver organizations is urging federal lawmakers to oppose an effort to cut Medicare-financed nursing home care by $24 billion over five years, and warned the proposed reductions would strike directly at the ability of staff to continue meeting the complex care needs of elderly patients, and making the investment in the staff and technology necessary to sustain intra-facility quality improvement programs.

"The budget battle in Washington is being closely monitored by our state-based caregiver organizations because the Medicare resources vital to so many extremely vulnerable patients and the front-line caregivers who serve them are definitely on the line," said Lisa Cantrell, a co-founder of the National Association of Health Care Assistants, and a national spokesperson for the Coalition to Protect Senior Care. "While the cost of providing quality care continues to rise - especially in regard to recruiting, training and retaining the key staff that make a difference in care quality and patient outcomes - the federal government should not further undermine facility capacity and patient care itself with unwise spending decisions."

Cantrell praised U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Susan Collins (R-ME), and Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), for leading a bipartisan effort on Capitol Hill to strike down the Bush Administration's Medicare cuts, and said it is essential for more members of Congress to support their efforts as the budget battle begins.

In a new letter, U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are urging Senate Budget Committee Chair Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Ranking Member Judd Gregg (R-NH) to "strongly oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in the Administration's FY 2009 budget," and, says Cantrell, focusing necessary attention on how robust federal Medicare funding is essential to making up for anemic Medicaid financing. "When considering Medicare funding policy, lawmakers should look carefully at each state's ongoing ability and record of financing Medicaid spending dollar for dollar - and this simply is not occurring," Cantrell continued.

Cantrell said the Johnson-Collins letter to the Senate Budget leaders puts the Medicare-Medicaid funding relationship in succinct context:

"Despite the growing demand for long term care, the existing financing mechanisms for Medicare and Medicaid are intertwined and increasingly dysfunctional. Medicare and Medicaid funding comprise the vast majority of all skilled nursing facility (SNF) payments. The Administration's cuts are especially egregious when the drastic underfunding of Medicaid-financed SNF care is considered. For 2007, SNFs received $4.4 billion less than needed to cover the costs of providing care to Medicaid patients according to BDO Seidman. However, the Administration's FY 09 budget fails to account for this perilous situation, which will only worsen as state economies continue to decline, since it calls for nearly $24 billion in cuts to Medicare SNF funding over five years."

The Coalition to Protect Senior Care consists of the American Association for Long Term Care Nursing (AALTCN); the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA); the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC); the National Rural Health Association (NRHA); the American Association of Nurse Executives (AANEX); the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA); the American Society of Health Care Administration Executives (ASHCAE); ASHCAE state affiliate members representing Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas and Utah; the American Health Care Association (AHCA); the American Health Quality Association (AHQA); the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL); the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA); the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care; the Coalition of Women in Long Term Care (COWL); and the Senior Clinician Group. For more information, visit http://www.coalitiontoprotectseniorcare.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Coalition to Protect Senior Care
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. TriWest Sponsors Congressional Medal of Honor Convention
2. Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis Launches Aggressive Ad Campaign Directed at United States Congress
3. AOA President Calls on Congress to Reauthorize SCHIP and Take Action to Ensure Health Care Coverage for All Americans
4. EDAP Launches Enhanced Communication Plans at SIU Paris Congress
5. World fertility experts to meet in Montreal - IVF and IVM patients to provide first-person accounts at 14th World Congress
6. Congress Poised to Add Millions of Uninsured Children to Successful, Bipartisan Health Plan
7. National Council on Disability Urges Congress to Support Americans with Disabilities Act Restoration
8. MUHC in the spotlight at the 14th World Congress on In Vitro Fertilization
9. Labopharm To Present Poster On Onset Of Analgesic Effect Of Once-Daily Tramadol At Congress Of The European Society Of Regional Anaesthesia And Pain Therapy
10. Health IT Now! Coalition Urges Congress to Pass Health Information Technology Bill This Year
11. Childrens Hospitals in Washington to Lobby Congress to Reauthorize SCHIP Now
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... , ... May 02, 2016 , ... East Los Angeles ... extractions. Currently, patients can visit Dr. Assili to receive any dental extraction treatment for ... and it expires June 30, 2016. With the lower price, patients can more easily ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Further establishing itself as a leader in natural pet products ... Boxes were selected from over 1,000 entrants as a winner and recipient of the ... chews for dogs are a favorite product among pet-parents worldwide, as each whimsical knobby ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Visceral fat, also known as “deep fat” ... and pancreas. If not properly addressed, visceral fat can lead to serious health ... Oncology and Palliative Care, warns against the dangers of visceral fat. “Just because ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... ... According to an American Psychological Association article, the Centers for ... age of 18. Of those who survive, many still face effects as they reach ... her new book, Lyah! Lyah! Pants on Fyah!, she shares stories from women who ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... TeleMedCo™, a ... designed to automate and improve the rapid diagnosis, triage and admission of patients ... platform, application, and mobile experience for the first time at GENBAND’s Perspectives16 conference. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... Mich. , April 28, 2016   ... . Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), the nation,s ... has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Valley ... Specialty Pharmacy ("TNH"), a leading specialty pharmacy that ... Van Nuys, California . In 2015, TNH ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016 ... "Global Plastic Surgery Products Market 2016-2020" report ... ) , The global plastic surgery ... of 9.47% during the period 2016-2020. , ,The growing ... leading to the growth of the market. Lasers are ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016 ... , George Phillips und ... Unternehmens    ArisGlobal®, ein führender ... Sciences, gab heute bekannt, dass neue Führungskräfte ... Unternehmens gestoßen sind, die vielfältige Erfahrungen mitbringen. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: