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National Frontline Caregiver Coalition: Bush Administration Medicare Cuts 'Will Undercut Rural America's Nursing Home Care'
Date:5/28/2008

JOPLIN, Mo., May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Continuing its efforts to mobilize opposition to the Bush Administration's planned $770 million regulatory cuts to seniors' Medicare Part A nursing home benefits in the year ahead, the Coalition to Protect Senior Care today urged federal lawmakers home over Memorial Day recess to go on record publicly opposing cuts to seniors' Medicare funding, and to better recognize how the cuts would have an especially negative impact on rural America's nursing home care.

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 America's rural communities, and add to facilities' already onerous challenge of contending with rising wage rates - our primary front-line cost challenge - and ever-higher energy prices."

Porter, commenting on new data released yesterday by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care detailing how the Administration-backed regulatory change will cut $133.2 million in Medicare Part A funding for rural seniors' skilled nursing care, said, "Despite the fact the Bush Administration has worked intelligently and 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 is disturbing, wrong and highly counterproductive." "Cuts to Medicare beneficiaries' nursing home care will undoubtedly raise the legitimate ire of senior and frontline caregiver alike, and to help ensure this regulation is not put into effect, we are eager to further publicize how these funding cuts will hurt rural America."

The data released yesterday finds the following in regard to how the cut will
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