Thursday, March 7, 2013

Texas Supports Stronger Funding Through Radio Campaign

The Texas Health Care Association (THCA) is pushing a strong message: Put your money where your mouth is. A recent statewide poll found strong, across-the-board support among all voters to "fully fund Medicaid for low income seniors in nursing homes at the levels the state itself says is needed to meet the cost of providing this care."  With these findings, THCA launched a new statewide radio campaign urging the Texas Legislature to address the financial budget allotted to the state's seniors.

In a press statement released on Wednesday, Tim Graves, president of THCA, pointed out "the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) estimates Medicaid spending in the 2014-2015 Biennium will require an additional $925 million just to meet today's cost of caring for the nearly 60,000 Medicaid-dependent elderly and disabled Texans living in nursing homes."

The full text of the statewide radio spot is as follows:


This is a special alert from Austin about severe Medicaid and Medicare cuts jeopardizing Texas seniors’ nursing home care.

State health officials estimate nearly a billion dollars is needed over the next two years to protect the quality nursing home care our oldest, neediest seniors rely on.

But so far, the Texas Legislature’s proposed budget doesn’t come close. 

That means facilities – already hit by deep Medicaid and Medicare cuts -- are forced to shoulder a billion dollar burden — threatening quality, jobs, even closures.

That’s an additional billion state health officials say Texas should pay to ensure our parents and grandparents maintain the quality of life they’ve earned.

It’s just common sense and the right thing to do: seniors’ nursing home care should be funded at the level state officials say is needed.

To learn more about this key seniors’ issue, and to take action, please visit www.txhca.org.

For more news on funding and budget cuts, visit CareNotCuts.org.

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