Caregiver coalition to protest Medicare cuts at conference today

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A broad band of caregiver organizations - representing nurse aides on up to administrators - are in Washington today to warn lawmakers not to cut providers' Medicare reimbursement levels.

More than $2.7 billion in cuts was threatened recently in a measure that passed the House but was subsequently left out of a final version that President Bush vetoed anyway.

Coalition to Protect Senior Care members will be joined by two members of the House Long-Term Care Caucus, Reps. Tom Allen (D-ME) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), at a news conference slated for 10 a.m. (Eastern) at the Rayburn House Office Building.

All of the major nursing home associations, as well as numerous clinician groups, are members of the new coalition. They fear that funding for senior care will be disproportionately cut when lawmakers decide how to increase payments for other sectors, such as children's health insurance and physicians.