LTC relieved, cautious after bill's demise

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Providers breathed a sigh of relief in late March after a GOP House healthcare bill was taken off the table.

LeadingAge was pleased that the “deeply flawed” legislation was pulled, group officials said, since “nothing could be done to the bill to mitigate the widespread damage” that could've been caused by its Medicaid provisions.

LeadingAge and the American Health Care Association both urged lawmakers to open up to provider input on potential future changes to the Affordable Care Act. 

Cynthia Morton, executive vice president at the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care, said that the bill's failure helps alleviate concerns about shifting Medicaid to a per capita cap system.

“I believe the bill was moving way too fast,” Morton said.

Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, said people concerned about the bill's Medicaid implications could “breathe easier” but warned “those who wished to repeal these programs will be back.”

President Donald Trump confirmed as much when he took to Twitter in April to assure that talks on replacing Obamacare were still taking place.