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U.S. Representative Cathy Castor (D-FL) addressed nearly four hundred members of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) today detailing how her legislation, the Nursing Home Patient and Medicaid Assistance Act of 2010 (H.R. 5457), would help alleviate the chronic underfunding of the Medicaid system.
"Clearly, this bill would benefit the 1.5 million Americans who are cared for each day in one of our nation's nearly 16,000 nursing homes," stated Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of AHCA. "We thank Representative Castor for her commitment to those who require this level of care and service and for those who care for these individuals by bringing greater stability to the long term care workforce that is critical to providing quality long term care and services."
Representative Castor spoke to hundreds of the nation's leading long term care leaders during AHCA's Congressional Briefing, held today on Capitol Hill. The legislation, co-sponsored by Representative Chris Murphy (D-CT), provides supplemental payments to nursing facilities serving Medicare and Medicaid patients, and requires CMS to review the methodology for Medicaid payment rates by each state. The bill provides for the supplemental Medicaid payments which were included in the House-passed version of the health care reform bill and amends applicable dates to ensure that all states may qualify.
Sixty-four percent of nursing home patients nationwide rely on Medicaid to pay for the long term care they need. Medicaid reimbursement for those providing care reflects a blend of both federal and state funds at a rate set by each state Medicaid program. In many states, however, the Medicaid reimbursement is less than the actual cost of care. In fact, an independent national study conducted by ElJay, LLP projected the national Medicaid shortfall in 2009, on average, was $14.17 per patient per day less than the actual cost of care.
"Representative Castor is a champion of our nation's long term care facilities, and we thank her for her support," concluded Yarwood. "She recognizes that these facilities serve a vital role in our nation's economy, directly employing about 2.9 million workers and contributing to the employment of 4.4 million workers. With unemployment levels just barely out of the double digits, preserving jobs is in our national interest - especially jobs that provide care and services for the most vulnerable among us."
"REPRESENTATIVE CASTOR DETAILS HOW BILL PROVIDES NURSING FACILITIES ACROSS THE NATION ESSENTIAL TOOLS TO BETTER SERVE OLDER AMERICANS." States News Service 9 June 2010. General OneFile. Web. 30 July 2010.
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