Avamere and American Health Care Association Urges Senate to Oppose Graham-Cassidy Repeal and Replace Bill

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) President and CEO Mark Parkinson today issued the following statement regarding the Graham-Cassidy Bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

“The latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act once again tries to solve the complicated question of health care reform by slashing hundreds of billions of dollars from the Medicaid program that funds essential care for the aged and disabled.

Capital building during a picturesque day“The Medicaid cuts proposed in the Graham-Cassidy Bill –including a reduction in provider assessments that alone will result in billions of dollars less to long term care each year – are catastrophic. Reducing provider taxes will devastate state budgets, amounting to an average additional cut of nearly $200,000 per center each year.

“Medicaid already underfunds nursing center care by $7 billion annually. Skilled nursing centers across the country operate on razor thin margins. According to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), total skilled nursing center margins are currently positive at 1.6%, while non-Medicare margins (e.g., Medicaid and commercial) are -2.0%.  When combined with these Medicaid provisions, the Graham-Cassidy bill would force many nursing centers to close their doors.

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