Lawmakers praise long-term care 'credibility,' Paul Ryan says consumers and providers both struggle due to overregulationMay 21, 2014
Long-term care providers have earned exceptional credibility in the halls of Congress and now have a golden opportunity to push for more favorable policies, high-profile lawmakers and leaders of the nation's largest provider association told an audience in Washington yesterday. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) were among the speakers at the briefing for American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living members, who are in the nation's capital for two days of meetings with legislators.
Prompted by a hearing of the House Ways & Means Committee, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living has reiterated a call for bipartisan action to reform Medicare without further steep reimbursement cuts.
U.S. lawmakers heard mixed messages at a hearing Tuesday on how proposed Medicare cost-sharing reforms would impact long-term care. The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health focused in particular on three measures in the White House's proposed 2014 budget.
The eligibility age for Medicare should be raised from 65 to 70 years, and the program should include private plans competing with the current fee-for-service model, the Business Roundtable proposed Wednesday.
A Medicare reform proposal touted as a "premium support" plan has drawn criticism from the White House, other Democrats and Medicare advocates.
When President Obama released his proposed FY 2012 budget this week, he said entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are driving U.S. debt, but his proposal lacked specifics about how to tackle reforming them.