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New Study Spotlights Growing Role of Medicare in Propping Up Nation's Medicaid Program
Date:10/3/2007

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"When it comes to making important public policy recommendations that truly impact the lives and well being of our nation's most vulnerable seniors, we believe MedPAC is obliged to evaluate the real and growing interdependence between Medicare and Medicaid -- and to base its recommendations to Congress not merely on the impact policy changes will have on Medicare expenditures, but also the impact those changes will have on all seniors who require nursing home care," Rosenbloom continued.

The Alliance President said the study underscores the importance of Congress taking a broader, more accurate view of patient needs by rejecting MedPAC's recommendation that nursing homes should not receive a 3.3% inflation payment update for FY 2008. "MedPAC's recommendation fails to consider that such substantial Medicaid losses offset Medicare gains. The result is that overall operating margins for America's nursing homes hover close to 3% -- far less than those of any other group of health care providers," Rosenbloom explained. "Congress must consider the overall long term care funding picture to ensure America's seniors receive the high quality nursing home care and services they deserve, and we urge Congress to reject the MedPAC recommendation," he concluded.

The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (http://www.aqnhc.org/) is a coalition of 16 of the nation's largest skilled nursing providers who deliver care to hundreds of thousands of patients on a daily basis.


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