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New Letter to Rangel, Waxman, Miller from National Seniors Coalition Outlines Concerns With House Tri-Committee Health Reform Bill
Date:7/8/2009

ity workers, inhibit ongoing quality improvement efforts, and also limit providers' ability to offer valuable benefits to employees, including subsidized health insurance coverage," she continued. "Reforming the nation's healthcare system cannot possibly include jeopardizing the quality of care delivered to America's seniors by greatly reducing an already stretched workforce that has more than 50,000 vacancies needing to be filled today."

Cantrell said adequate funding for Medicare is made more urgent by the fact that two thirds of nursing home elderly are Medicaid beneficiaries and Medicaid is chronically underfunded by as much as $4 billion a year. "This gap has widened despite Congress' efforts to provide additional Medicaid funding in the stimulus bill, since many states slashed or froze payments to nursing homes anyway," she pointed out. "From a frontline caregiver standpoint, the challenge of caring for patients with increasingly complex medical conditions in a healthcare setting that stands to lose billions upon billions in funding is daunting at best."

Concludes the letter: "We are now asking that as Congress and the Administration attempt to overhaul our nation's healthcare system that you remain aware of the noble and worthy mission caregivers in nursing homes fulfill each day in effectively caring for the needs of America's seniors and people with disabilities. We respectfully ask that final House healthcare reform legislation enhance and improve on the current long term care system in our country through adequate funding that supports sufficient staffing levels -- achievements that cannot be realized with the currently proposed Medicare cuts to nursing homes and CMS' proposed rule."

The complete text of the letter to Reps. Rangel, Waxman and Miller is available at www.coalitiontoprotectseniorcare.org.

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