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Texas Health Care Association Asks Texas Congressional Delegation to Sign Letter Urging House Budget Committee to Rescind Bush Medicare Cuts
Date:3/3/2008

Five-Year, $24 Billion Cuts to Medicare Nursing Home Benefit in Proposed FY 2009 Budget Will Threaten Texas' Most Vulnerable Seniors, Further Destabilize Facility Staffing

WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the nation's long term care leaders in Washington to strategize on how to eliminate five-year, $24 billion cuts to Medicare-financed nursing home care contained in the Bush Administration's proposed FY 2009 budget, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) distributed a memorandum to the Texas congressional delegation asking them to sign a bipartisan letter to the House Budget Committee leadership urging them to reject the Medicare cuts.

"The President's final budget plan is the most problematic of his entire White House tenure for Texas' oldest, most vulnerable nursing home residents, and we urgently need the help of our congressional delegation to overturn the Medicare cuts threatening every aspect of facility care, and especially staffing," warned Tim Graves, President of THCA. "With Texas' Medicaid already ranked 49th in the nation in terms of the average daily reimbursement rate, new federal Medicare cuts of this scale and scope will be harmful to patients and devastating to facilities across the entire state."

Says the memorandum to the Texas House delegation:

"With the historic and highly-visible primary upon us on Tuesday, March 4th, Texans have benefited over the past month from a campaign dialogue in which health care issues have been a primary focal point. With one in four Texans lacking health insurance, expanding its access to more of our citizens has, deservedly, received the most attention in the realm of health care policy.

"But while we are pleased health policy issues are getting the attention they deserve from both parties' presidential candidates, it is also more vital than ever for the candidates to outline their plans to protect our oldest, most vulnerable seniors and disabl
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