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Coalition to Protect Senior Care: Bush Budget Plan Dangerous to Seniors' Front Line Care Needs
Date:2/7/2008

In New Letter, Direct Care Workers Urge Senators Baucus and Grassley to Stop Bush Medicare Cuts

JOPLIN, Mo., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the Bush Administration's budget plan cutting U.S. seniors' Medicare-financed nursing home care by $17 billion over five years, the Coalition to Protect Senior Care (CPSC) today called the proposal "dangerous to seniors' front line care needs," and announced at a news briefing that they will launch a new effort to stop the funding reductions, similar to the campaign waged last fall when the Coalition successfully opposed efforts to cut Medicare Part A nursing home benefits. The CPSC also released a new letter, delivered today to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA), urging them to fight the cuts.

"From the standpoint of our oldest, most vulnerable seniors and the direct care workers who serve them, the Bush Administration has put forward a budget proposal that is dangerous to every aspect of front line care giving," stated Lisa Cantrell, a co-founder of the National Association of Health Care Assistants, and a national spokesperson for the Coalition to Protect Senior Care. "As we successfully opposed previous efforts to cut our patients' Medicare-financed nursing home benefits, we will fight any attempt by the Bush Administration to slash the vital resources necessary to ensuring our oldest, sickest residents continue to receive the quality care they absolutely require."

The proposed five year $17 billion Medicare cuts, described by Administration officials as designed to improve efficiency and productivity, are especially curious, Cantrell said in the Coalition's letter to Baucus and Grassley, given that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) specifically stated just months ago that nursing homes must receive an inflationary update to promote "program efficiency, quality and sustainability."

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