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2013-04-29 16:30:16

New Modern Healthcare Story Details Funding Squeeze on Nursing Home Patient Care AUSTIN, Texas, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As a newly-published story in Modern Healthcare reports how underfunded state Medicaid rates are squeezing nursing home patient care for 60,000 elderly and disabled seniors dependent upon the program, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) says a new statewide survey from the Texas Coalition for Long Term Care Business (TCLTCB) helps dramatize...

2013-04-22 16:26:05

Conferees Encouraged to Assess How Local Nursing Homes and Patients Coping With Deep Medicaid, Medicare Cuts AUSTIN, Texas, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With Senate and House Conferees now named to help guide, shape and direct the final state budget towards ultimate passage, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) encouraged the lawmakers to ensure Texas nursing homes and the vulnerable patients under their care receive the priority required to help cope with the...

2013-04-16 12:27:47

At Capitol Visit, Skilled Nursing Caregivers Tell Texas Lawmakers Facility Staffing is Key to Quality Care; Full Page Austin American Statesman Ad Running Today to Help Boost Awareness of Rate Underfunding AUSTIN, Texas, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nurses from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) across Texas gathered at the Capitol today to urge legislators to help preserve and protect high quality nursing home care for vulnerable seniors by properly adjusting the skilled...

2013-04-15 12:28:09

Medicaresupplementalinsurancecomparison.net Sees 15% Overnight Increase on the Heels of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announcement NEW YORK, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services surprised insurers that provide Medicare Advantage plans recently with their announcement of a 3.4% increase in reimbursement rates, instead of the 2.2% cut originally called for in February. It was good news all around as many private...

2013-04-05 12:25:17

With Local Facilities Under Cumulative Funding Cut Duress, THCA Leader Urges Increased Legislative Focus on Growing Threat to Texas Seniors' Nursing Home Care AUSTIN, Texas, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following passage of SB 1 late last night by the Texas House or Representatives, the leader of the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) expressed growing alarm that the worsening financial squeeze on Texas nursing homes caused by recent Medicaid and Medicare funding cuts will...

2013-04-03 08:28:51

More Than 5,000 People Use Website to Make Educated Supplemental Insurance Choices in the Month of March Alone NEW YORK, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- They say necessity is the mother of invention. In Stephen Pewter's case, she gave birth to a website that has already helped thousands in the few months since it went live. Pewter, a senior citizen with no formal technology background, created the Medicare supplemental insurance comparison website,...

2013-04-02 08:22:23

LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to retirement crisis expert and author Karl Kim, CFP, CLTC, each year thousands of people are thrust into a "care crisis" when a family member or loved one needs long-term care. The challenge is not only finding the right nursing home; what can be even more challenging is figuring out how to pay for the care -- and how to minimize possible damage to the rest of the family. "That information isn't easy to find," says retirement crisis...

2013-03-28 13:28:05

Trend is especially prevalent in Florida and Texas Effective health screening and preventive care is known to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes, yet new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) shows that restrictive Medicaid policies are associated with patients delaying needed medical care due to cost. States and counties with the most restrictive Medicaid eligibility criteria (where individuals must be far below the federal poverty level to qualify for...

2013-03-27 16:27:36

THCA Says Strong Across The Board Support for Protecting Seniors' Nursing Home Care Warrants Attention From Legislature AUSTIN, Texas, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Noting a recent poll of Texas voters conducted by Baselice & Associates for the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) finds 72% of voters who share Tea Party views "all or most of the time" agree seniors' Medicaid-financed nursing home care should be funded at the level state health care officials say is...

2013-03-11 12:25:19

Legislature Urged to Focus More on Adequacy of Texas Seniors' State Medicaid Rates, Not Just Issues Surrounding 'Medicaid Expansion' AUSTIN, Texas, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A newly completed survey of Texas nursing homes finds the series of state and federal funding cuts to seniors' skilled nursing facility (SNF) care is creating a dangerous strain on facilities' ability to care for growing numbers of older, more medically complex patients. Following the $58...