Yesterday we reported on activity at the state level that would place the care of our Illinois nursing home seniors in jeopardy. Proposed budget cuts would drastically reduce the amount of money available for many local homes to provide adequate levels of staffing and in other ways ensure that our loved ones receive the basic treatment that they need to survive.
Unfortunately, the care of our senior citizens is also at risk of slipping with proposed changes at the federal level according to the Consumer Voice. Forty years of federal advocacy resulting in improved safety standards and accountability measure for these facilities may be rolled back. In addition, even more Medicare and Medicaid spending caps would be so severe that many residents would simply be denied the treatment that they need.
The changes are part of two separate measures: the Ryan Budget Resolution and the Medicare and Medicaid caps. Included in the budget changes are reduction and repeals of various standards to which nursing homes have been held. These facilities would face less inspections and less enforcement, losing hard-fought oversight which has led to vast improvements in care over the last several decades.
Those regulatory changes would then be combined with crippling Medicare and Medicaid reductions which would leave many seniors with no options for help.
Please take the time today to contact you U.S. Senator and urge that they oppose these cuts and changes. An email, letter, phone call, town hall meeting comment, or any other method of contacting your official and sharing your support for our area seniors will go a long way to ensuring that thousands more elderly community members are spared pain and suffering.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti will stand arm in arm with all those who believe that our nursing home residents and community seniors deserve adequate levels of care and support.
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