Nursing Home Caregivers Gather at National Convention to Decry Medicare Cuts

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Nursing Home Caregivers Gather at National Convention to Decry $32 Billion in
Medicare Cuts for Seniors in House Healthcare Reform Bill

Staggering Job Loss Projections – Quality of Eldercare Jeopardized

Nurse Aides, Family Member of Resident Hold Press Briefing to Urge Congress to
Massive Medicare Cuts to Long Term Care as Part of Healthcare Overhaul

The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) will kick off its
annual conference themed "Champions of Quality Care" this week under a
foreboding cloud of uncertainty as frontline nursing home caregivers and the
elderly residents they serve face $32 billion in Medicare cuts in the reform
bill soon to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Medicare
cuts included in the reform bill are compounded by an additional $12 billion
cut to Medicare through a regulatory rule taking effect October 1, 2009, only
days after the convention adjourns.  The devastating collision of regulatory
and legislative cuts puts more than 59,000 caregiver jobs at risk nationally
and threatens the quality of care delivered to the nation’s most vulnerable

Holding a press conference to underscore the serious consequences of this
sharp fiscal blow to long term are funding, Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) from
Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, and a family member whose mother resides in a Florida
nursing home will join the leadership of NAHCA in calling on Congress to
reconsider these ill advised Medicare cuts. 

NAHCA is a non-profit organization working to ensure that the highest quality
of care is provided to our elders living in nursing homes, achieved by
elevating the professional standing and performance of the caregivers. NAHCA
was established in July 2006 to meet the growing needs of all health care
assistants including those in non geriatric facilities. Today, the association
has a membership of more than 20,000 caregivers representing over 500 nursing
homes in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17, 2009
11:00 a.m. Central

WHERE: Argosy Casino, Hotel and Spa
Grand Ballroom, Second Floor
777 NW Argosy Casino Parkway
Riverside, MO

WHO: Lisa Cantrell, President, National Association of Health Care Assistants,
Joplin, MO
Debbie Pitts, CNA, Pinecrest Medicare Care Facility, Powers, Michigan  
Cindy Rush, CNA, Plaza West Regional Health Center, Topeka, Kansas
Amy Harrison, CNA, Methodist Manor Retirement Community, Storm Lake, Iowa
Mia Roberts, Daughter of resident who currently resides at Southlake Nursing &
Rehab Center in Jacksonville, FL.

CONTACT: Lisa Cantrell, National Association of Health Care Assistants, (417)
623-6049 or on-site contact Rebecca Reid (410) 212-3843 

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