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Nation’s Long Term, Post-Acute Care Profession Launches Informational Ad Campaign “Care Not Cuts”  
 
Nation’s Long Term, Post-Acute Care Profession Launches Informational Ad Campaign “Care Not Cuts”
AHCA/Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care Initiate Fall Media Campaign to Help Preserve, Protect, Defend Seniors’ Access to Quality Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitative Care

Claire Navaro, AHCA
(202) 898-6317
Rebecca Reid, Alliance
(410) 212-3843
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8/30/2011

Washington, DC –
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (Alliance) today launched a nationwide informational ad campaign, “Care Not Cuts,” designed to ensure federal lawmakers understand the vital need to preserve, protect and defend U.S. seniors’ access to quality skilled nursing and rehabilitative care.

“Our nation’s long term and post-acute care facilities have already been dealt rounds of reductions, and now further cuts to Medicare and Medicaid may be on the way,” said Mark Parkinson, President & CEO of AHCA. “This nationwide campaign aims to inform our lawmakers that additional cuts to skilled nursing and assisted living threaten access to quality care needed by America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. It will also demonstrate that our sector is part of the solution to both rising health care costs and the need for local job creation.”

Alan G. Rosenbloom, President of the Alliance, said: “We intend to use our media effort to help convey the positive policy message that our vital health sector offers high quality care and rehabilitation in a low cost setting, which is highly pertinent to this Fall’s legislative discussion. As America’s second largest health facility employer, we also intend to make clear our sector cannot be expected on the one hand to continue being the reliable jobs partner we have proven to be even in this continuing economic downturn, while, on the other, absorbing one deep funding reduction after another.”

Beginning today and continuing through September 6, the first TV spot of the multi-month  campaign, “Nurses,” features frontline caregivers. The text of the spot is as follows:

I work as a rehabilitation nurse.  I love what I do.
 
In the last five years, nursing homes have absorbed billions in Medicare and Medicaid cuts.

Even so, we’ve maintained high quality care.  
 
Now, there’s talk of more, deeper cuts.  I understand the need for sacrifice.
 
We’ve given our fair share, and more.

But as a nurse who cares for her patients, I can tell you another round of deep cuts that target nursing homes simply goes too far.

“Nurses” will run in several markets across at least eight states: FL, MA, MI, MO, NM, NV, VA, and WA. The AHCA and Alliance leaders said the informational campaign will proceed throughout the remainder of 2011 to draw attention to the fact local nursing homes and assisted living facilities are a critical part of the health care continuum, offering high-quality patient care and rehabilitation in a cost-effective manner. Long term and post-acute care facilities serve as a cornerstone of local communities’ employment base – reliably providing jobs in every Congressional district and state in the nation.

To view “Nurses,” please visit www.carenotcuts.org.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.


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