Nursing home advocates join call for extended Medicaid funding for states

Share this article:
Nursing home advocates join call for extended Medicaid funding for states
Nursing home advocates join call for extended Medicaid funding for states

Two long-term care leaders, along with nearly all U.S. governors, have joined a majority of members of the House of Representatives in urging congressional leaders to extend a temporary increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP).

“The temporary FMAP increase is vital to shielding seniors' ongoing access to the skilled nursing and rehabilitative care they require,” American Health Care Association president and CEO Bruce Yarwood and Alan G. Rosenbloom, president of the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, said in a statement Tuesday.

A total of 219 members of the House of Representatives recently sent a similar letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH). (McKnight's, 5/14/10) A group of 47 governors have also implored congressional leaders to move forward with the FMAP extension, noting that the additional funding would help ameliorate state budget woes. The temporary 6.25% FMAP increase is currently set to expire at the end of the year. The extension would continue the increase through June 2011.

Share this article:

More in News

Skilled nursing facilities with poor quality ratings do not readmit more patients to hospitals, researchers find

Skilled nursing facilities with poor quality ratings do ...

Low-quality and high-quality skilled nursing facilities readmit about the same proportion of residents to hospitals, suggest research findings recently published in the American Journal of Medical Quality.

Cipro and related antibiotics increase MRSA risk in long-term care facilities, study ...

Long-term care residents on a fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as Cipro are at an increased risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, researchers in France have found.

Jonathan Blum, who oversaw long-term care reforms, resigns as head of Medicare

The nation's top Medicare official, Jonathan Blum, is leaving his post next month, news outlets reported Tuesday. Blum became a familiar figure to long-term care providers through Open Door Forum calls and other outreach efforts during his five-year tenure, as he guided implementation of Medicare ...