Washington, DC – The following is a statement from the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) President & CEO Mark Parkinson after today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the Affordable Care Act:
“Health care reform includes several components that affect long term and post-acute care providers. Skilled nursing centers across the country have been implementing the law and preparing for the provisions yet to come.
“With the constitutional issues surrounding health reform now answered, we hope Congress will shift its attention to tackling the difficult challenge of how to care for a growing elderly population in an era of declining resources. The shortfall in Medicaid funding for long term care needs reached $6.3 billion in 2011. Against a backdrop of rising health care costs, Medicare has suffered multiple rounds of cuts and reductions in the last few years. AHCA/NCAL supports initiatives that create incentives for quality care and help contain health care costs. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to address these critical issues that ensure access to skilled nursing and assisted living care for our nation’s seniors.”
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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.