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Texas Health Care Association: Senate Budget 'Woefully Inadequate' in Funding Seniors' Medicaid-Financed Nursing Home Care
Date:4/2/2009

ypically in their 80s and older - and disproportionately afflicted with severe, chronic health and medical conditions - these seniors require specialized around-the-clock care, added Graves.

The THCA leader also said making the appropriate investment in Medicaid represents smart health care policy - as doing so can reduce the number and frequency of hospital admissions by improving resident health and increasing the capability of nursing facilities themselves to successfully treat more complex medical conditions and incidents, at lower cost to taxpayers.

"Growing evidence shows improved investment in long-term care services now can reduce the utilization of much higher cost hospital and emergency room services later," he continued. "Seniors benefit from improved care, taxpayers benefit from the more efficient use of tax dollars, and our local jobs base is protected and strengthened."

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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