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Budget Committee Urged to Strongly Oppose Administration's Proposed $24 Billion, Five-Year Cuts to Medicare
Date:3/5/2008

76 House Champions Assert, "We are especially opposed to those cuts affecting long term care providers"

WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Health Care Association (AHCA) today praised the seventy-six (76) members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have signed onto a letter led by Representatives Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to House Budget Committee Chair John Spratt (D-SC) and Ranking Member Paul Ryan (R-WI), asking them to reject the five-year, $24 billion cuts to Medicare-financed nursing home care proposed in the Bush Administration's FY 2009 budget.

"The number of champions in Congress opposing these cuts in a consistent, effective, and bipartisan manner indicates the necessity to ensure that America's oldest seniors who require intensive skilled nursing care receive the vital care they need," stated Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of AHCA. "This letter draws attention to the chronic Medicaid under funding crisis, which becomes still more problematic for patients and facilities when Medicare-funded nursing home care is cut in the manner proposed by the Bush Administration."

Representatives Berkley and Capito are spearheading efforts to rally support and encourage their colleagues to join them in opposing the Administration's proposed deep Medicare cuts. Among those who have signed on to the letter are: Ways and Means Health Subcommittee members Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Phil English (R-PA), Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN) and Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee members Tom Allen (D-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Lois Capps (D-CA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Tim Murphy (R-PA), Mike Ross (D-AR) and Ed Towns (D-NY).

Excerpts from the letter include:

"We are writing to urge the Budget Committee to strongly oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in the Administration's Fiscal Year 2009 (FY 09) Budget. We are especially opposed to those cuts affecting long term care
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