Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Florida long term care providers take to the nation's capital to urge Congress to protect Medicaid and Medicare funding.

Hear from FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed on members traveling to Washington, DC, to urge Members of Congress to protect and preserve Medicare and Medicaid funding for long term care services. The message: The combination of state and federal funding cuts are taking their toll on our ability to deliver high-quality care and support vital caregiver jobs. Help take action today. Click here to send a message to your Member of Congress and help stand up for our state's seniors and people with disabilities.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Newest Ad in “Care Not Cuts” Informational Campaign highlights skilled nursing facilities post-acute care focus

FHCA's national affiliate, American Health Care Association, launched the latest TV spot in its nationwide information "Care Not Cuts" ad campaign to increase awareness regarding skilled nursing facilities’ growing prominence in post-acute care and warn against additional cuts to the sector.

“We must shed current perceptions that nursing homes are only for those who need long term care. Skilled nursing facilities are also a place where people can rehabilitate and receive necessary treatment before returning home,” said Governor Mark Parkinson, President & CEO of AHCA. “Congress must especially be aware of this progression of care because additional cuts to skilled nursing facilities would only drive up health care and taxpayers costs. Restricting access to skilled nursing facilities will force more seniors to remain in the hospital for longer, pricier periods of time, or go home before they’re fully recovered; eventually sending them back to the expensive emergency room.”

Airing throughout the Washington, DC, Beltway beginning today, “Rehab” was filmed at Southlake Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville and features a senior who, after being in the hospital, received his post-acute care from a nursing home and then returned home. To learn more about the "Care Not Cuts" campaign, visit the website at http://www.carenotcuts.org/.

Tell Congress to Protect Quality Nursing Home Care, Preserve Caregiver Jobs

Congress is currently debating potential additional cuts to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, after already being dealt billions of dollars in cuts. While we understand the need for sacrifice, Florida's long term care facilities are already struggling from a drastic $187.5 million state Medicaid cut that went into effect earlier this year. The combination of that reduction on top of Medicare cuts from health care reform and federal regulation is taking its toll. The long term care profession simply cannot sustain additional cuts at this time without jeopardizing care and access for seniors, along with the jobs of caregivers committed to delivering that high quality care.
A group of long term care advocates from Florida will be traveling to Washington, DC, over the next several weeks to share our concerns with Congress. You can help have your voice heard by taking action today -- Click here to contact your Member of Congress and tell them to preserve, protect and defend quality nursing home care and assisted living care services for seniors and people with disabilities.

Please join us in telling Congress that continuous cuts threaten access to quality care for Florida's growing population of seniors and access to quality jobs for Florida's long term care workforce. You can also pass this link along to others and ask their help with standing up for those who cannot care for themselves.