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Front Line Caregivers from 16 States to Visit Capitol Hill to Urge State Congressional Delegation to Reject Medicare Cuts that Could Threaten Quality Care in Nation's Nursing Homes
Date:4/1/2008

to (R-WV), in helping to generate opposition to the Bush Administration's proposed FY 2009 Medicare budget cuts.

Cantrell said the Coalition is arranging a Capitol Hill fly-in tomorrow, on April 2nd, to provide first-hand perspective to lawmakers and staff in regard to how Medicare cuts like those that remain under consideration would jeopardize seniors' care, and key caregiver jobs. She also noted that the Coalition also plans to hold briefings in key states that would be more heavily impacted by Medicare cuts and send letters from front-line caregivers to Members of Congress.

"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 and must not further undermine facility capacity and patient care itself with unwise spending decisions," said Cantrell.

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. F
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