AHCA Urges Comprehensive Medicaid Reform
Congress must embrace comprehensive reforms if true efficiencies are to be gained, says Parkinson
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Washington, DC – In light of a House Energy and Commerce Committee meeting this week regarding Medicaid reform, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) today released the following statement from President and CEO Mark Parkinson:
“There is no question that the Medicaid program is in need of a scrutinous review, but Congress should consider the implications of broad finance reform for America’s most vulnerable, in particular older adults and persons with disabilities. Our concern is that Medicaid remains the single largest source of Medicaid long term services and supports (LTSS) financing. Few private options are available to moderate to low income populations. We urge Congress to seek strategies to preserve LTSS funding for the most vulnerable while seeking strategies to create affordable private financing options.
“Ensuring high quality care delivery for every individual is our top priority. As Congress continues to weigh reforms, we will continue to share solutions. Our guiding Medicaid Finance Reform Principles offer a framework for defining current Medicaid challenges and identifying solutions for the Medicaid program.”
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 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 nearly 5 million seniors and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our facilities each year. For more information, please visit www.ahcancal.org or www.ncal.org.