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New Study Finds Medicaid Under-Funds Long Term Care by $4.4 Billion Annually

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

WHAT: Now that Congress has made important progress toward reauthorizing

the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the American

Health Care Association (AHCA) is urging leaders on both sides of

the aisle to focus on quality long term care for our nation's

frail elderly, and people with disabilities.

BDO Seidman, LLP and Eljay, LLC are releasing an independent study

that calculates Medicaid underfunds long term care by $4.4 billion

nationally -- an increase of 45% from 1999 to 2007. The BDO

Seidman/Eljay report also estimates the national average per

patient per day shortfall to be $13.15. States with the greatest

disparity between the cost of care and Medicaid reimbursement are

(listed by order of impact): Illinois, New Jersey, Wisconsin,

Minnesota, Vermont, New Hampshire, Missouri, Delaware, Washington,

and Massachusetts.

Eighty percent of nursing home residents rely on Medicare or

Medicaid for their long term care. Even with positive Medicare

rates, Medicaid underfunding threatens the financial stability

necessary for continuing long term care quality improvements. In

fact, when considering both Medicare and Medicaid, long term care

operates with a 2.5% negative margin.

WHO: Representative Steve Kagen (D-WI), a triple board certified

physician, will headline the Medicaid briefing. American Health

Care Association (AHCA) President and CEO, Bruce Yarwood, also

will address the report's findings and call on federal lawmakers

to work with the long term care profession to find new and

creative solutions to meet the future needs of frail, elderly, and

disabled Americans who need long term care and services.

WHERE: 1116 Longworth House Office Building

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 2007

10:00 a.m.

SOURCE American Health Care Association
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