Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Coming to a Facility Near You

June 22, 2010
In my last post I reported that AHCA/NCAL is undertaking aggressive advocacy efforts both nationally and locally to ensure passage of the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) extension. The FMAP extension is one of several current issues that are critical to preserving health care jobs and ensuring quality care for our frail, elderly and disabled. Introduced on June 2nd, 2010, The Nursing Home Patient and Medicaid Assistance Act of 2010 would provide supplemental payments to nursing facilities that serve Medicare and Medicaid patients and seek to ensure adequate Medicaid payment levels for care services. Expressing support for these issues demonstrates the link between adequate Medicaid funding, quality care and local caregiver job stability.

Next Tuesday, June 29th, AHCA/NCAL will launch a cross-country tour: Driving for Quality Care. Over the course of the next four months we will travel from Washington, D.C. to Long Beach, California, making approximately 61 stops in 41 states. At each of these stops we will hold live media events at facilities in which residents, patients, caregivers, family and members of the community can participate. We also will invite key members of Congress to these events so that they can hear directly from you, their constituents, and experience firsthand the quality care that you provide. We will also collect signatures for a petition urging Congress to act. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming tour.

As our Driving for Quality Care RV begins its journey, we ask you to join us by delivering your own message to Congress and members of the media. How have Medicaid cuts affected your state or facility? Do you have a compelling story you would like to tell us about? Share it here and your story could be featured during the tour. We welcome your participation and look forward to seeing you in the community.

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