Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tell Congress to Oppose Reductions to Medicaid Provider Assessments

Critical Medicaid funding for nursing facility care is in jeopardy!  As Congress looks for ways to pay for various legislative proposals as part of the debt ceiling package, Members in the House of Representatives are considering proposals to cut Medicaid through a reduction of the provider assessment rate from 6% to 5.5%. The proposed reductions to the provider assessment threshold will affect the care millions of patients receive and have a significant impact on nursing home providers as well as thousands of other health care providers throughout the country.

Currently, 43 states and the District of Columbia use the provider assessment program. For these states, the provider assessment program is essential to funding quality long term care services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. 

For 21 states, funding is particularly at risk because the provider assessment rate is already at the maximum allowable level.  Those states are as follows: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, or Wyoming.

If you live in one of these states, please contact your Members of Congress and tell them to oppose any legislative proposal that would reduce the maximum allowable Medicaid provider assessment rate.

Contact Matt Smyth, Senior Director of Grassroots, for more information at msmyth@ahca.org or 202-898-2817.

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