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New Study: Texas Seniors 4th Hardest-Hit from Proposed Bush Administration Medicare Cuts
Date:5/13/2008

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Rank State Total Reduction Per Patient Day

(Millions)

#1 California $64.9 $13.69

#2 Florida $62.3 $11.66

#3 New York $50.0 $11.12

#4 Texas $47.0 $10.34

#5 Ohio $44.8 $10.92

#6 Illinois $42.2 $11.09

#7 Pennsylvania $36.2 $10.66

#8 New Jersey $34.6 $13.09

#9 Michigan $28.7 $11.20

#10 Massachusetts $27.1 $12.01

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U.S. Total $770 $11.12

Graves said the combination of Medicare cuts and an anemic Texas Medicaid program is severely undercutting facility staffing efforts and intra-facility quality improvement programs, many of which are being conducted jointly with state and federal government. "The unfortunate irony is that on one hand, we are working vigorously and successfully to improve facility care, while, on the other hand, government payment policy at the federal and state levels undermines our collective policy objective - which is to improve quality standards in the face of a growing demographic tidal wave of retirees with substantially more complex care issues."

The THCA President said now is precisely the right time to energize a discussion about how to strengthen long term care in Texas, where the state's Medicaid reimbursement rate has spiraled to 49th in the entire nation, according to the national accounting firm, BDO Seidman, and other sources. Said Graves, "With Medicaid financing a joint state-federal responsibility, the Texas long term care profession is today urging incumbent state lawmakers as well as their challengers - through our new Texas-specific effort, "Educate '08" -- to take
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