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

"Front line caregivers throughout New Hampshire, and across America, make a key difference in patient care - and the Bush Administration's plan now set to go forward presents a clear and present danger to caregiver jobs, to vulnerable seniors' care needs, and to the health and well being of New Hampshire's economic and jobs base."

John Getts, Executive Director of Greenbrier Terrace in Nashua, said, "The Bush Administration's single-minded effort to implement regulatory-driven Medicare cuts will undercut care in New Hampshire's rural communities -- which have special challenges -- and add to facilities' already onerous challenge of contending with rising wage rates and ever-higher energy prices. The Bush Medicare cuts will not only place the jobs of key front line caregivers in jeopardy -- the very direct care staff that make a difference in patient outcomes -- but further undermine facility quality improvement initiatives that are making a positive difference."

Ted Lee, owner and operator of Hanover Hill Health Care Center in Manchester, NH, explained that Medicaid already significantly underfunds New Hampshire facilities' costs in regard to the ongoing provision of quality nursing home care, and that the planned federal Medicare cuts will exacerbate an already dangerous funding environment. "Medicare and Medicaid funding are inextricably linked - and we in New Hampshire are contending with a long term care funding environment that undermines quality improvement efforts, and jeopardizes our oldest seniors' health and well being."

If you need further information, please contact Rebecca Reid at 410-627-1128 or reidconsulting@comcast.net.


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