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New NH Economic Study: Bush Medicare Cuts Undermine State and Local Economic, Jobs Base
Date:6/5/2008

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"The Bush Administration's proposed Medicare cuts not only threaten New Hampshire seniors' access to quality care throughout our state, but will also negatively impact our state and local economy," stated John Poirier, President and CEO of NHHCA. "The Medicare cuts represent a 'lose-lose' proposition because New Hampshire seniors' care needs will be shortchanged and our state economy will be damaged at a time we already face significant challenges related to state Medicaid financing."

The New Hampshire long term care leader said the Medicare regulations being changed by the Bush Administration are currently helping facilities throughout the state successfully serve higher acuity patients -- at a lower cost than other settings. "Considering the fact existing Medicare policy is beneficial to both patients and the taxpayers who finance the program, it is especially curious this regulatory policy change is being pursued by the President's health care team," Poirier stated. Current policy, he added, saved Medicare $709 million in 2006 alone nationally, according to an independent analysis by Avalere Health, LLC.

"It is our intent to ensure during our visits on Capitol Hill that the New Hampshire congressional delegation is well informed about the significant damage the Administration's Medicare changes will incur both to New Hampshire's most vulnerable citizens, and to our state and local economies," Poirier continued.

Susan Feeney, Vice-President of Public Affairs for AHCA, said rural communities in states like New Hampshire have higher than average numbers of elderly citizens, and noted that beyond serving the growing complex care needs of elderly seniors, rural facilities are a major local employer, and a significant part of the local economy.
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