AHCA names states to be hardest hit by 2006 budget cuts

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The American Health Care Association further blasted the proposed Medicare and Medicaid funding cuts Wednesday, naming the 10 states in which providers and the elderly would be most negatively impacted.

Nursing homes and the elderly in the New York, California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Massachusetts and New Jersey would be the hardest hit, based on AHCA analysis of cumulative cuts. The cuts would take a projected $7.4 billion and $5.6 billion from New York and California, respectively, alone over the next 10 years, the association said. Its researchers used state budget data to reach its conclusions.

Calling the proposed funding reductions in the Bush Administration's FY 2006 budget a "double whammy," Hal Daub, President and CEO of AHCA, said inadequate funding would threaten access to care and make it a challenge to maintain previous gains in the area of nursing home quality. "On top of federal spending reductions, many states are also facing budget crises," Daub said.

The Bush Administration's FY 2006 proposed spending plan includes Medicare and Medicaid reductions of $24 billion and $39 billion over 10 years, respectively.