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State, National Long Term Care Community Applauds New Hampshire Leader in U.S. Senate for Helping Lead Effort to Block $770 Million Bush Medicare Cuts
Date:7/1/2008

Bipartisan Efforts Oppose $3.9 Million Funding Cut to State's Medicare Beneficiaries

CONCORD, N.H., July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New Hampshire Health Care Association (NHHCA) and the American Health Care Association (AHCA) today praised Senator John Sununu (R) for helping lead bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Senate to stop Medicare cuts from going into effect. To Senator John Sununu's great credit, he has resisted enormous pressure from the Bush Administration, and has taken a major bipartisan leadership role in Congress to stop these cuts from going into effect. Working with Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Norm Coleman (R-MN), Sen. Sununu recently joined a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Mike Leavitt, whose agency oversees Medicare regulations, urging a halt to the regulatory changes.

The letter expresses their "deep concern" that high-quality skilled nursing care for America's seniors will be threatened if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) moves forward with an administrative proposal - in the coming weeks - that would cut $770 million in Medicare funding for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care in 2009 and more than $4 billion over the next five years.

"It is very important that our state's leaders in Washington join the efforts in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House to speak out and oppose the Bush Administration's damaging Medicare funding reductions, and on behalf of New Hampshire's Medicare beneficiaries and the providers who care for them," said John Poirier, President and CEO of NHHCA. "Senator Sununu has objectively evaluated how these cuts will hurt New Hampshire's Medicare beneficiaries, and is acting upon that determination to protect his elderly constituents. We thank them for doing so."

Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), added, "Lawmakers of both parties, in both chambers, have stepped up to oppose the Bush Administration on this import
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