Coalition Presses Super Committee on Home Nursing

Monday, 15 Aug 2011 04:25 AM

By T.M. Golub

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The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care is urging that the newly formed congressional super committee ensure preserving quality nursing home care and local caregiver jobs are top priorities when the panel tries and reform Medicaid and Medicare programs.
“This distinguished bipartisan group of lawmakers is charged with a budgetary balancing act of historic proportion, and we respectfully ask that they ensure the most vulnerable seniors in their state, and the jobs of their dedicated caregivers, receive the funding priority warranted,” said Alan G. Rosenbloom, president of the alliance.
“Without exception, each of the super committee members has an awareness of the challenge faced by their home-state nursing facilities in dealing with the cumulative Medicare-Medicaid funding squeeze, and we will continue to discuss how and why strong funding of each program is integral to preservation of quality care and local jobs,” Rosenbloom said.
Rosenbloom has said the nursing facility sector was at the forefront of advancing healthcare reform, and that many factors, including proposed cuts of $14.6 billion to Medicare and shrinking state aid for Medicaid, worry professionals and those being cared for at these facilities.
The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care is a national coalition of long-term provider organizations that care for 300,000 elderly and disabled patients each year in nearly 1,800 facilities across the United States. 

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