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THCA on 2009 Legislative Session: Seniors' Medicaid-Financed Nursing Home Care Requires Substantially More Investment as Population Ages, Care Needs Grow
Date:6/29/2009

number and frequency of hospital admissions by improving resident health, and increase the capability of nursing facilities themselves to successfully treat more complex medical conditions and incidents at lower cost to taxpayers."

Graves also said that looming federal Medicare cuts included in President Barack Obama's FY 2010 federal budget further threaten Texas seniors, and noted that the interdependence of Medicaid and Medicare financing is a dangerous phenomenon requiring more attention from state and federal lawmakers. "The backbone of Texas' long term care system is our dedicated workforce, and the financial squeeze placed on facilities by low Medicaid rates in Texas and potentially reduced Medicare funding from Washington ultimately impacts our oldest seniors' access to the care they need simply to live."

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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