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New Study of Bush Medicare Cuts: Texas' Rural Seniors, Nursing Homes 2nd Hardest Hit in Nation
Date:5/28/2008

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The AHCA data, released In Washington, D.C. yesterday, finds the following cuts in rural Texas will ensue if the Bush Administration's regulatory-driven budget cuts are implemented in the weeks ahead:

State Rural Cut Rural Cut to State Total

Daily Patient

Care Funding

OH $9.1 $11.79 $45.4

TX $8.2 $10.05 $45.7

NC $7.4 $11.09 $21.8

IL $6.6 $10.94 $42.7

PA $6.6 $11.52 $37.7

TN $6.5 $10.84 $18.8

KY $5.6 $10.84 $13.0

IN $5.3 $11.02 $23.6

MO $5.1 $10.35 $16.6

MI $4.7 $11.24 $27.4

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U.S. $133.2 $10.96 $770

Graves also said the combination of Medicare cuts and an anemic Texas Medicaid program is hampering 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 in Texas 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 policy goal - which is to sustain improved quality standards in the face of growing demand for care. Every day, facilities throughout rural Texas are coping with skyrocketing energy and food prices - which further slice into already-thin operating margins."

With Congress back in Texas over the Memorial Day district work period, Graves urged federal and state lawmakers alike to examine and discuss how the collective squ
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