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Texas Health Care Association: Meeting Texas Seniors' Ongoing Care Needs Threatened by Looming State, Federal Funding Threats
Date:1/20/2010

Implications of Federal Medicare Cuts Require Careful Scrutiny and Consideration as State Lawmakers Wrestle With Projected Budget Deficits

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The President of the Texas Health Care Association (THCA), Tim Graves, today expressed concern about the growing cumulative pressure on the critical state and federal funding needed to preserve and protect Texas' most vulnerable nursing home residents. Specifically, Graves warned that sharp federal Medicare cuts already put in place by the Obama Administration in late 2009 – as well as those contained within the pending federal health care reform bill – must be a key consideration as state lawmakers begin assessing budgetary priorities in the face of looming state budget deficits.

"Governor Perry, Lt. Governor Dewhurst and Speaker Strauss have made it clear the challenging budget conditions we face going into the 2010-11 biennium will have a significant impact on determining budgetary priorities," stated Graves. "We intend to highlight the fact that meeting seniors' ongoing care needs – as well as sustaining a strong workforce and local jobs base – will be contingent upon sustaining appropriate Medicaid funding levels from Austin in the face of growing cuts to Medicare in Washington."

In noting that Texas seniors' Medicare-funded nursing home care was slashed by at least $725 million over ten years on October 1, 2009 as a result of regulatory changes implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Graves said the federal health care reform bill – if eventually signed into law by Presid
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