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THCA: Protecting Seniors, Respecting Taxpayers the Right Agenda for Texas
Date:1/13/2009

st seniors do not deserve to have their growing care needs short-changed.

"Appropriate ongoing investment in Texas long term care services can help ease the rates of cost increases in other Medicaid health care components -- such as hospital utilization and emergency room visits," the THCA leader explained. "Many of these hospitalizations, together with their higher associated costs to taxpayers, are avoidable. Moreover, in a majority of cases, the problem is a lack of resources and staff in nursing facilities caused by the chronic underinvestment in Texas' Medicaid-financed nursing home infrastructure."

Concluded Graves: "We salute our lawmakers for their desire and effort to help improve the lives of their fellow Texans, and we want to work constructively together in 2009 to ensure every senior is protected, and every taxpayer respected, in terms of formulating and enacting eldercare policy we can and should be proud of."

Founded in 1950, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) is the largest long term care association in Texas. THCA represents a broad spectrum of long-term care providers and professionals offering long term, rehabilitative and specialized health care services. Member facilities, owned by both for-profit and non-profit entities, include nursing facilities, specialized rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living facilities.


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