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Expressing Growing Concern, THCA Urges Texas Congressional Delegation to Protect Seniors' Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Care as Health Reform Debate Proceeds
Date:7/23/2009

an - but it will be essential for the Obama Administration and Congress to ensure seniors' special care needs are not short-changed in the process," the THCA leader said. "Our nation's already-strained Medicare system is used to patch the gaps in Texas' long-term care financing system caused by our chronically-underfinanced Medicaid program. It is essential for our federal lawmakers to view federal Medicare funding in conjunction with Medicaid, not in isolation, when considering how to craft a final bill."

On a health policy level, Graves noted that as the nature of Texas' nursing home patient population continues to evolve, federal and state policymakers should support efforts to facilitate nursing homes' ability to care for higher-acuity, post-acute Medicare beneficiaries. "Nursing homes throughout our state have invested heavily in recent years to increase capabilities to admit, treat and return to home a growing number of patients requiring intensive rehabilitative care, and care for patients with multiple chronic illnesses. In addition to cutting jobs and damaging our already fragile economy, Medicare cuts of the size possibly contemplated would inhibit our profession's continued investment in cost effective care - contrary to our state and nation's stated health policy objectives."

Founded in 1950, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) is the largest long term care association in Texas. THCA represents a broad spectrum of long term care providers and professionals offering long term, rehabilitative and specialized health care services. Member facilities, owned by both for-profit and non-profit entities, include nursing facilities, specialized rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living facilities.


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