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Texas Health Care Association Launches New 'Educate '08' Effort to Help Focus Needed Attention on Long Term Care Issues, Medicaid Funding Crisis
Date:1/30/2008

Long Term Care Advocacy Group to Invite State House, Senate Candidates of Both Parties to Tour Facilities

AUSTIN, Tex., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Texas Health Care Association (THCA) today announced it will launch a new "Educate '08" informational effort designed to help both incumbent and prospective state lawmakers of both parties better understand the key issues surrounding the Medicaid funding crisis, and how Texas' 49th national ranking in terms of Medicaid reimbursement places the care needs of the state's most vulnerable seniors and disabled citizens at severe risk.

"Now more than ever, it is important to generate a debate this election season about how to strengthen our state's long term care system for the benefit of Texas' most vulnerable frail, elderly and disabled citizens, and 'Educate '08' will be our non-partisan, statewide informational effort to do so," stated Tim Graves, President of THCA. "The long term care infrastructure seniors depend upon for their care is under severe stress, and as more baby-boomers will require long term care in the years ahead, issues pertaining to eldercare financing require a substantive, high profile debate."

As the election season unfolds, Graves said THCA will encourage candidates to take a hard look at the fact that while the average national daily Medicaid rate per patient is $153.83, the Texas rate is just $106.59 - 49th in the nation - according to independent data from the national accounting firm BDO Seidman, and other sources. Even on a regional basis, he said, Texas is falling behind: New Mexico ranks 30th nationally, at $137.24; Oklahoma ranks 44th, at $116.84; Arkansas ranks 47th, at $111.76; and Louisiana ranks 45th, at $115.00.

"We are also increasingly alarmed about the fact our state's Medicaid reimbursement rates have slipped to 49th in the nation - and which simply do not meet the growing complex care needs of our residents. But we also inte
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