Legislation opposes Medicare reductions

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A new bill to be introduced this week seeks to protect nursing homes from cuts to the Medicare Part A nursing home benefit.

Reps. Thomas H. Allen (D-ME) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) last week joined with members of the Coalition to Protect Senior Care to express their concern about potential long-term care funding cuts. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), co-chairman of the Congressional Long Term Care Caucus along with Capito, is co-sponsoring The Long-Term Care Quality and Modernization Act.

The bill is an attempt to head off legislation containing Medicare cuts. An early House version of the Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007 (H.R. 3162) would have cut $2.7 billion from Medicare Part A payments over five years. While the bill has not yet gained a foothold, the coalition is concerned about a similar cut appearing in a Medicare legislative package before the end of the year, according to a spokeswoman for the coalition.