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Pomeroy, Berkley, Capito, Brown-Waite Urge Obama Administration to Protect Seniors' Care
Date:2/25/2009

AHCA/Alliance Praise New Bipartisan Letter Asking White House to 'Protect the Safety Net'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's two leading long-term care advocacy organizations, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, today praised and thanked U.S. Representatives Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) for sending a new letter to President Barack Obama urging the Administration to protect seniors' vital Medicare and Medicaid funding as the FY 2010 budget process unfolds.

In a joint statement, Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of AHCA, and Alan G. Rosenbloom, President of the Alliance, stated, "We commend this bipartisan effort to ensure the growing care needs of our nation's most vulnerable frail, elderly and disabled are protected, and thank Representatives Pomeroy, Berkley, Capito and Brown-Waite for pointing out the growing and dangerous interdependence between Medicare and Medicaid financing. As funding stability is the key determinant when it comes to preserving care access and sustaining quality gains, we look forward to working constructively with the Administration and Congress to ensure every U.S. senior always retains ready access to the quality nursing home care they need and deserve."

The bipartisan letter states:

We are writing to respectfully ask that in drafting your Fiscal Year 2010 (FY 2010) Budget, you do not propose Medicaid and Medicare payment policy recommendations that will adversely affect long-term care delivery. While we recognize the importance of ensuring the future solvency of these programs, we ask that you also ensure that the best interest of our nation's frail elderly and the disabled served by skilled nursing facilities (SNF) are kept in mind.

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