Friday, November 22, 2013

Boehner Dines at AHCA Office

By Drew Thies

Speaker John Boehner attended an event in the AHCA office Wednesday night, chatting with and answering questions from providers over dinner.

The Speaker, who stayed at the AHCA office in Washington, D.C. for nearly two hours, spoke on a wide range of topics of importance to the skilled nursing profession, from the sustainable growth rate (SGR) to immigration to tort reform. Boehner repeatedly emphasized the importance of skilled nursing, especially when considering the drastic demographic changes facing America and the rising amount of Baby Boomers who will soon need long term care services.
Prior to the AHCA event, the Speaker attended a reception with Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH), who spoke about his over two decades of experience as a skilled nursing facility (SNF) owner and administrator. A relatively new member of Congress—he’s only in his third year—Rep. Renacci has the rare distinction of being on the elite House Committee on Ways & Means, a privilege usually reserved for more senior members of the House.
At the reception, Rep. Renacci also spoke about a piece of legislation he proposed Tuesday, the Creating Access to Rehabilitation for Every Senior (CARES) Act of 2013 (H.R. 3531), which seeks to eliminate the three-day hospital stay requirement as a prerequisite to Medicare funding for skilled nursing. Rep. Renacci said that he was motivated to write the legislation because of the barrier to access that many beneficiaries discover too late.

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