ATLANTA, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Senior Alliance, a not-for-profit organization that advocates for older Americans, today announced a new initiative aimed at raising awareness about the importance of protecting Medicaid. Across the nation, Medicaid provides funding for seniors who need nursing home care. The group's new initiative will focus on direct outreach to the public with the message that protecting Medicaid is a high priority for seniors and their loved ones.
"In every state in the union, vital care for seniors has been placed in jeopardy because the future of Medicaid remains uncertain," explains American Senior Alliance Executive Director Conwell Hooper. "Our lawmakers must take action at the federal level to protect the seniors who depend on Medicaid for the nursing home care they need."
The campaign will direct members of the public to a special advocacy page on the group's website, AmericanSeniorAlliance.com/ProtectMedicaid. Using this page, advocates for seniors and Medicaid can quickly and easily send a message to their members of Congress. The website is part of a broader campaign to raise awareness about the importance of the Medicaid program and the need to protect the program on behalf of seniors.
Nearly a million and a half seniors in the U.S. are residents of nursing homes. For many of them, Medicaid is the crucial funding lifeline for their care. However, some in Congress continue to call for changes to the way the program is funded, many of which could reduce total funding for Medicaid. Any changes that scale back funding for Medicaid are likely to cause state administrators of Medicaid to consider service cuts, including nursing home care.
"The time to act is now if our lawmakers want to safeguard the future of seniors who depend on Medicaid for nursing home care," adds Hooper. "American Senior Alliance will be gathering the support of people across the nation to send a clear message to our national leaders: we must protect Medicaid now."
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SOURCE American Senior Alliance