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Nation's Front Line Caregivers Praise U.S. Representatives' Opposition to Medicare-Financed Nursing Home Care Cuts
Date:4/24/2008

Letter From 42 Members of Congress - Led by Reps. Tim Walz and Chris Shays - to House Leadership Urging Protection of Quality Nursing Home Care, Key Caregiver Jobs Gains Support

WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citing the negative impact to local seniors as well as the potential loss of key front line caregiver jobs resulting from possible cuts to Medicare-financed nursing home care, a national front line caregiver organization is praising U.S. Reps. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Chris Shays (R-CT) for successfully generating the bipartisan support of 42 lawmakers for their letter urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) to help reject any Medicare funding cuts in the weeks ahead.

"On behalf of the nation's most vulnerable seniors and our front line caregivers who proudly serve them, we extend our gratitude to Reps. Walz, Shays and the 40 other members of Congress from both sides of the aisle now on record urging the U.S. House leadership to oppose cuts to the Medicare-financed nursing home funding that plays a critical role in the provision of high quality care," stated Lisa Cantrell, a co-founder of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), and a national spokesperson for the Coalition to Protect Senior Care.

In addition to Reps. Walz and Shays, who have coordinated the letter effort opposing any Medicare cuts, the following Members of Congress have signed on to the letter:

Neil Abercrombie

Tom Allen

Jason Altmire

Tammy Baldwin

John Barrow

Shelley Berkley

Sanford Bishop

Vern Buchanan

G.K. Butterfield

Shelley Moore Capito

Lois Capps

Chris Carney

Steve Cohen

Joe Courtney

Keith Ellison

John Hall

Chris Van Hollen

Darlene Hooley

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Patrick Kennedy

James Langevin

Ron Lewis

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