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

providers. We express our support for strengthening the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which care for our nation's poor, frail, elderly, and those with disabilities."

"Approximately 80% of nursing home patients rely on either Medicare or Medicaid to pay for their long term care. Given that the fastest growing segment of our population are those 85 and older, our nation's need for long term care is likely to increase significantly...Despite the growing demand for long term care, the existing financing mechanisms for Medicare and Medicaid are intertwined and increasingly dysfunctional."

"Ensuring adequate reimbursements will allow long term care professionals to continue providing seniors with the highest quality care in our nation's nearly 16,000 nursing homes."

The complete list of House signatories: Neil Abercrombie, Tom Allen, Michael Acuri, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrow, Shelley Berkley, Howard Berman, Madeleine Bordallo, Leonard Boswell, Rick Boucher, Vern Buchanan, G.K. Butterfield, Shelley Moore Capito, Lois Capps, Christopher Carney, William Lacy Clay, Stephen Cohen, John Conyers, Joe Courtney, Lloyd Doggett, Keith Ellison, Phil English, Anna Eshoo, Bob Etheridge, Sam Farr, Sam Graves, John Hall, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Mazie Hirono, William Jefferson, E.B. Johnson, Steve Kagen, Patrick Kennedy, Ron Kind, James Langevin, John Larson, Sander Levin, Jerry Lewis, Ron Lewis, Dave Loebsack, Carolyn Maloney, Donald Manzullo, Edward Markey, Carolyn McCarthy, Betty McCollum, Gerald McNerney, Dennis Moore, Jerry Moran, Christopher Murphy, Tim Murphy, Richard Neal, Jim Oberstar, John Olver, Solomon Ortiz, Collin Peterson, David Price, Jim Ramstad, Mike Ross, John Salazar, Heath Shuler, Albio Sires, Zack Space, Vic Snyder, Bart Stupak, Ellen Tauscher, Todd Tiahrt, John Tierney, Ed Towns, Niki Tsongas, Chris Van Hollen, Tim Walz, Robert Wexler, Charlie Wilson, Heather Wilson, and Bill Young.

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