Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living issued the following statement from President and CEO Mark Parkinson in response to the President’s FY 2014 budget proposal:
“In the last several years, long term and post-acute care providers have faced billions in Medicare cuts combined with severe Medicaid underfunding at the state level.
“Unfortunately, the Medicare reductions proposed in the President’s 2014 budget only put added strain on our sector and risk jeopardizing access to care for millions. These proposed reductions will not solve the underlying, structural problems with our nation’s budget.
“Our profession is not just arguing against additional cuts. Skilled nursing centers are at the table offering ways to maintain access to quality care while reducing health care costs.
“We are all too aware of the need to fix the long-term financial woes of Medicare and Medicaid. The long term and post-acute care profession is ready with solutions that don’t simply rely on further cuts, but instead look at broad, structural changes that benefit both the taxpayer and our nation’s frail elderly.
“Reform is necessary and skilled nursing hopes to be part of the solution. Our members are eager to participate in discussions of real and lasting reforms.”
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 11,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development 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.