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State, National Nursing Home Caregivers: Medicare Funding Cut to Long Term Care Will Jeopardize Vital Staffing Positions and Compromise Care for New Mexico's Seniors
Date:8/13/2009

President of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and a founding member of the CPSC. "We as caregivers do everything we can, day-in and day-out, to make our residents' experience a positive one, and we also believe these funding reductions would lead to job cuts in important positions like these that can make a real impact on seniors' care outcomes."

According to the AHCA economic analysis, long-term care labor income in New Mexico could suffer a $4 million loss should the proposed Medicare funding cuts take effect. Cantrell noted that this loss in labor funding would lead to unavoidable layoffs, decreased salaries and cut benefits to caregivers during this time of recession, all of which would ultimately impact the quality of care delivered for seniors receiving nursing home care. The same analysis indicates 166 long term care jobs in New Mexico would be at risk in the coming year.

"As a certified nursing assistant providing care at the bedside, I'm concerned about how proposed funding cuts to my residents' care will impact them and their daily lives, as well as my own ability to continue providing them with the dedicated care they need -- particularly if I'm unable to keep my position or if I have to take a job in another facility," said Rio Rancho certified nursing assistant Barbara Frescas. "I hope that by educating our Members of Congress on the need for stable funding, we can ensure that the seniors in our state continue to receive the same levels of care they are accustomed to, and that they can continue to depend on caregivers like me to provide them with utmost care and attention each day."

Coalition to Protect Senior Care representatives said they intend to deliver copies of the signed petition to New Mexico's legislators upon their return from August recess and will continue to educate seniors, caregivers and others about the impact that additional funding cuts could brin
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