The Bush Administration’s FY 2008 budget proposal asks Congress to cut $1 million from the long term care omsbudsman program and $25 billion from Medicaid. Other steep cuts would come in federal contributions to the administrative costs of nursing home survey and certification programs, Quality Improvement Organizations, and state Medicaid fraud control units.
In a statement, NCCNHR stated that even with regular payment increases, registered nursing hours have been declining in Medicare-funded nursing homes, and reducing future funding increases while slashing public oversight and accountability would almost certainly lead to fewer staff and more nursing home abuse and neglect. The programs targeted in the budget cuts are the systems that protect residents. For example, ombudsmen currently are handling about 300,000 complaints per year and their caseload is expanding.
Call your Senators and Representatives at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to oppose the President’s budget proposal. The cuts will hurt nursing home residents.
For more information on the proposed cuts.