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New Analysis of Bush FY 2009 Budget: Texas Medicare Cuts 4th Highest in Nation
Date:3/19/2008

rate per patient is $153.83, the Texas rate is just $106.59.

Even on a regional basis, Graves pointed out, Texas is falling behind: New Mexico ranks 30th nationally, at $137.24; Oklahoma ranks 44th, at $116.84; Arkansas ranks 47th, at $111.76; and Louisiana ranks 45th, at $115.00. Said Graves: "This is not a discussion about just money and rates - it is about maintaining care quality standards and dignity for many Texas seniors in their late 70's, 80's and still older. The good news, of course, is that Texans are living longer and healthier lives. The flipside is that an increasingly older population will eventually require more extensive care, and this fact cannot be ignored in Austin or in Washington."

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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