Solutions to address Medicare & Medicaid challenges must go beyond further reductions, says Parkinson
Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living issued the following statement tonight from President and CEO Mark Parkinson in response to the President’s State of the Union address:
“President Obama’s remarks tonight set the right tone for what promises to be a difficult legislative session. We were encouraged that he is willing to listen to compelling solutions, no matter the author.
“Even though our profession did not hear specifics on how the Administration proposes to fix the long-term financial woes of Medicare and Medicaid, we are ready with our own. We are ready with solutions whose first prescription is not further cuts, but rather structural changes that benefit both the taxpayer and our nation’s frail elderly.
“Our message tonight is as simple and as powerful as President Obama’s: Reform is necessary. We are equal to the task, and eager to participate in discussions of real and lasting reforms of these critical programs.”
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The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 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.