Navigation Links
Nursing Home Caregivers, Providers, Small Business Leaders Warn Deep Medicare Cuts Will Threaten Seniors' Care, Destabilize Staffing, Hurt Local Economies and Jobs Base
Date:10/28/2009

Maine Senators Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins Credited With Drawing Needed Attention to Multiple Threats Facing Seniors, Caregivers, Local Communities

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Community Cares Coalition:

With pending health reform legislation in the U.S. Congress containing cuts of up to $32 billion over ten years to Medicare-funded nursing home care, a diverse national coalition of front line caregivers, state health care providers and local small business owners joined together at a Capitol Hill news conference to warn deep cuts must be reigned in to safeguard the care of America's most vulnerable seniors, preserve the jobs of the key frontline caregivers who make the difference in patient outcomes, and protect the ongoing viability of local small businesses oriented towards serving the long term care sector.

"The very deep Medicare funding reductions like those now being considered by Congress represent a direct, immediate threat to every U.S. seniors' nursing home care, and to the ongoing operational stability of skilled nursing facilities throughout the nation," warned Rick Erb, Executive Director of the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA), in Augusta, ME. "We are thankful Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have recently focused much-needed attention on the unique challenges our sector faces as we battle not just Medicare cuts from Washington, but state Medicaid funding crises in state capitols across America."

Erb also pointed out these new, deep funding cuts would come at a time when the Obama Administration just imposed a regulatory cut to Medicare-financed nursing home care of up to $16 billion nationally. These cuts were put into effect by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 1, 2009.

Lisa Cantrell, National Co-Chair of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), based in Joplin, MO, said the mission of the nation's front line caregivers moving forward is to ensure lawmakers crafting a final health reform bill understand the deep inter-relationship between Medicare and Medicaid funding, and that funding adequacy in both programs has a major impact on staffing operations and the quality of care provided on the front lines.

"We will continue to impress upon lawmakers that because three of every four nursing home patients' care is funded by Medicare and Medicaid combined -- and because facilities devote a full 70% of operating expenses to wages, benefits and other fixed labor costs -- adequate Medicare funding in any final reform legislation is integral to staffing stability and quality care in facilities nationwide," Cantrell said.

Tom Norton, owner of the Lee Insurance Agency, in Muscatine, IA, said a significant portion of his business entails insuring skilled nursing facilities throughout rural Iowa. "My small business, with a heavy rural presence, exemplifies how the ongoing economic viability of long term care facilities ultimately will have a direct relationship to the strength of the small business community itself."

Erb, Cantrell and Norton said they understand and appreciate the fact House and Senate leaders must seek budgetary savings to help finance health reform, but that some approaches make far less sense than others.

"We well understand how important it is to pass a comprehensive reform bill, but by any standard of fairness and common sense, nursing staff and the vulnerable patients under their care are the wrong targets for deep funding cuts," Cantrell continued. "On behalf of seniors, caregivers and small businessmen and women throughout our great nation, we respectfully ask House and Senate leaders in charge of shaping a final bill to ensure Medicare funding for nursing home care remains the priority it must and deserves to be."

SOURCE Community Cares Coalition


'/>"/>
SOURCE Community Cares Coalition
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. FDA Warns of Codeine Risk for Some Nursing Mothers
2. Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursings Future Joins With AACN to Offer New Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program
3. UI nursing researcher to study post-operative pain control
4. New Director of Nursing Practice Named for Nurses Association
5. Lynn Clark Callister, National Leader in Maternal-Child Health Nursing, Joins March of Dimes Advisory Council
6. March of Dimes Announces Nursing Scholarships
7. Eight Graduate Nursing Students Selected to Receive The California Endowment-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
8. Union Members Hold Demonstrations at Philadelphia Nursing Home
9. Statement from the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
10. New York Times Exposes Harm to Seniors After Private Equity Buyouts of Nursing Homes
11. With the Largest-Ever Buyout of a National Nursing Home Chain Pending ... New York Times Exposes Harm to Seniors After Private Equity Buyouts of Nursing Homes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 2016 , ... On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 members of the HomeTown Health ... Gov. Nathan Deal on SB 258, the “Rural Health Care Relief” Bill. , The ... tax credit to individuals and corporations which donate directly to a “rural hospital” in ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Coast Dental Fort Stewart is celebrating ... new location in the Exchange Furniture Mall at 112 Vilseck Road in Fort Stewart. ... Smart TV. Plus attendees will have the opportunity to meet general dentists Thomas Richards, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... and engineer of patented products, announces the Gyrociser, an exercise invention which aids ... worth $2 billion," says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of World Patent ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Reltok Nasal Products proudly ... for the head and neck/ear, nose and throat specialty, has added the KOTLER NASAL ... KOTLER NASAL AIRWAY™ is a newly patented safety device secured by nasal surgeons ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... enterprise focused entirely on patients with cancer, today announced that Lynne Malestic, RN, ... the 2016 CURE® Extraordinary Healer® for Oncology Nursing , which honors nurses ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... , April 29, 2016  In the ... projected to shift from systems dependent on CRTs monitors ... types of modality CRT Medical monitors and will ... are a host of foreseeable benefits to this ... will existing modalities have to be replaced in ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ReportsnReports.com adds "Pulmonary Arterial ... report that provides an overview of the PAH ... stages, therapeutics assessment by drug target, mechanism of ... type, along with latest updates, and featured news ... involved in the therapeutic development for Pulmonary Arterial ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Jersey , April 29, 2016 ... Suite for Life Sciences, Product Development Capabilities in ... Life Science Customer Base . ... provider, today announced the acquisition of Skura Corporation,s ... global leader in adaptive sales enablement technology for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: