AHCA/NCAL Applauds Congressional Black Caucus for Protecting Medicaid Funding in Fiscal Cliff Talks
In letter to President, congressional leaders herald provider assessments benefitting economically disadvantaged
Minorities “disproportionately more likely to be detrimentally affected” by provider assessment reductions, CBC says
Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today applauded members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for their leadership in protecting critical Medicaid funding for America’s seniors and persons with disabilities. Led by Chairman Emanuel Cleaver II and CBC Health Brain Trust Chairwoman Donna Christensen, the Caucus submitted a letter late last night calling on President Obama to remove any cuts to provider assessments, a major funder for Medicaid, from the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations as well as the Administration’s FY2014 budget.
“We’re grateful that the Congressional Black Caucus understands and supports the important role these provider assessments play in the lives of low income seniors and persons with disabilities,” said Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO. “In underserved communities and those with limited access to skilled nursing care, this is especially important. We applaud their action and join with them to urge the President to avoid any further cuts to Medicaid for this critical profession in his proposed budget.”
“We recognize that Congress must find ways to reduce federal spending and fund a wide variety of critically important programs,” wrote the chairpersons. “However, as we strive to make Medicaid more efficient and cost-effective, we cannot do so in piecemeal fashion that jeopardizes quality health care for our nation’s most medically and financially needy residents.”
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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.