Perhaps the biggest political issue currently by Congress involves a House of Representatives proposal that would inflict severe damage to the Medicaid system upon which so many Illinois nursing home residents depend. We have blogged frequently on this issue, which has taken on a variety of forms over the past pair of month.
Fortunately, the U.S. Senate voted last week to reject the proposal known as the “Ryan House Budget” which would have turned Medicare into a private voucher system-ultimately slashing funding for Medicaid and making it a block-grant program. However, the threats to the medical system are not over, and it remains more important than ever for advocates to contact their U.S. Senator and voice opposition to plans that would destroy Medicaid.
The Consumer Voice pointed out recently that Memorial Day marks the beginning of the constituent season for most members of Congress. This means that starting this week, most federal legislators head home to talk with members of the community who they represent. For that reason, it is incredibly important for nursing home advocates to use the opportunity to advocate against plans to cut, cap, or block-grant Medicaid.
On top of that, it is vital advocates defeat the current proposals to completely eliminate important measures that were included in the Nursing Home Reform Law. It is not an overstatement to say that Illinois nursing home abuse may become more prominent if these dangerous measures are enacted. Standards will be lowered, resident rights will be removed, and annual inspections will be curbed.
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 injury 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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