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Minnesota, National Long Term Care Advocates: Pending Bush Medicare Cut Hurts State's Rural Seniors
Date:5/29/2008

our many rural facilities already in danger of closing their doors. Consequently, the ongoing care access needs of seniors throughout rural Minnesota have never been in greater jeopardy, and we urgently need our U.S. Senators and House Members to publicly oppose this illogical, hurtful regulation, which will automatically go into effect this summer unless the White House is prevented from doing so."

Lori Porter, a co-founder and CEO of the National Association of Health Care Assistants, and a founding member of the National Coalition to Protect Senior Care, based in Joplin, MO, said, "The Bush Administration's single-minded effort to implement regulatory-driven Medicare cuts will undercut care in Minnesota's rural communities, and add to facilities' already onerous challenge of contending with rising wage rates and ever-higher energy prices."

Porter said despite the fact the Bush Administration has worked successfully with the long term care profession to implement a variety of quality improvement programs that have helped seniors, this new effort to cut Medicare with little or no public discussion will contribute to reversing these efforts, and is "disturbing, wrong and highly counterproductive." Stated Porter: "Cuts to Medicare beneficiaries' nursing home care has raised the legitimate ire of senior and frontline caregiver alike throughout rural Minnesota - and to help ensure the Administration's regulation is not put into effect, we will further publicize how these funding cuts will hurt rural America over the Memorial Day congressional recess."

"Rural seniors are disproportionately older, poorer and suffer from more chronic disease than their urban counterparts," said Maggie Elehwany, Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy for the National Rural Health Association, a Coalition to Protect Senior Care member organization. "These seniors are truly some of the most frail of all Medicare populations and Medicare cuts this serious will be
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