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27 Mar, 2017, 17:59 ET Texas Health Care Association: Legislators consider bill to address funding crisis in Texas nursing facilities without new taxes

Senate Bill 1130 by Sen. Juan Hinojosa of McAllen, the Nursing Facility Reinvestment Allowance (NFRA) was debated by the Senate Health and Human...


02 Oct, 2015, 14:04 ET Texas Long Term Care Leaders Kick off Statewide Campaign To Reduce the Use of Off Label Antipsychotics in Skilled Nursing Facilities

State long term care leaders today launched the One a Month campaign aimed to build on recent success in lowering the use of off label...


17 Jun, 2013, 11:25 ET THCA: Legislature Takes Needed Step Forward With 6% Medicaid Rate Increase For Texas Seniors' Nursing Home Care

Saying a resolution to the longstanding shortfall between the actual cost of providing quality nursing home care and what the State actually...


07 May, 2013, 10:56 ET Well-Being of 60,000 Frail, Medicaid-Dependent Seniors at Stake in Budget End Game

 Noting the Chair of the Texas Health Care Association's (THCA) Nurse Council recently warned the ongoing provision of quality nursing home...


01 May, 2013, 11:52 ET THCA: State Rates for Medicaid Nursing Home Funding "Too Low for Too Long"

Facilities Across Texas Continue to Struggle With Deep Medicaid, Medicare Cuts With budget conferees locked in key negotiations over the...


22 Apr, 2013, 16:33 ET As Session Enters Home Stretch, THCA Urges Budget Conferees to Prioritize Funding for Texas Seniors' Medicaid Nursing Home Care

 With Senate and House Conferees now named to help guide, shape and direct the final state budget towards ultimate passage, the Texas Health...


16 Apr, 2013, 12:43 ET Nursing Home Caregivers to Legislature: Texas Seniors Need and Deserve Medicaid Rate That Helps Preserve, Protect High Quality Care

At Capitol Visit, Skilled Nursing Caregivers Tell Texas Lawmakers Facility Staffing is Key to Quality Care; Full Page Austin American Statesman Ad...


05 Apr, 2013, 13:06 ET THCA On SB 1 House Vote: Vital Funding for Texas Seniors' Medicaid Nursing Home Care Continues to Fall Short

With Local Facilities Under Cumulative Funding Cut Duress, THCA Leader Urges Increased Legislative Focus on Growing Threat to Texas Seniors'...


01 Apr, 2013, 12:58 ET THCA Reiterates Need for More Discussion on Texas Seniors' Nursing Home Medicaid Rates

In Run-Up to SB 1 House Vote, THCA Steps Up Call For Action as Local Facilities, Seniors Face Duress; 72% of Texas Tea Party Voters Say...


27 Mar, 2013, 16:02 ET Poll: 72% of Texas Tea Party Voters Say Fund Seniors' Medicaid Nursing Home Care at Level State Health Officials Say Needed

THCA Says Strong Across The Board Support for Protecting Seniors' Nursing Home Care Warrants Attention From Legislature  Noting a...


20 Mar, 2013, 18:28 ET Key Seniors Advocacy Groups: SB 1 Shortchanges Care for Texas Nursing Home Patients

AARP Texas and Texas Silver Haired Legislature Join THCA to Stress Urgency of Passing First Medicaid Rate Update Since 1999; Funding Squeeze...


13 Mar, 2013, 16:57 ET THCA: Senate Finance Committee's SB 1 Shortchanges Texas Seniors' Nursing Home Care Despite Growing Threats

State Long Term Care Leader Says Significantly More Focus Needed on Adequacy of Texas Seniors' State Medicaid Rates As Texas nursing home...


11 Mar, 2013, 11:41 ET New TX Nursing Home Survey: Medicaid and Medicare Cuts Threaten Direct Care Staff Layoffs, Deferred Tech Investment, Possible Facility Closures

Legislature Urged to Focus More on Adequacy of Texas Seniors' State Medicaid Rates, Not Just Issues Surrounding 'Medicaid Expansion' A...


06 Mar, 2013, 09:47 ET THCA Launches Statewide Radio Ad Urging Legislature to Fund Texas Seniors' Nursing Home Care at Level HHSC Says Needed

"So Far, Texas Legislature's Budget Doesn't Come Close" Following on the heels of a new Baselice & Associates poll finding strong,...


05 Mar, 2013, 08:55 ET New Texas Poll: 78% Say Fund Seniors' Medicaid Nursing Home Care at Level State Health Officials Say Needed

72% of Republicans, 82% of Independents, 83% of Democrats Say Fully-Fund Texas Seniors' Nursing Home Care A new poll of Texas voters...


01 Mar, 2013, 12:39 ET Federal Sequester's $51 Million Cut to Texas Seniors' Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Care Raises Stakes, Need For Texas Legislature to Act on Medicaid Rate Adequacy

Texas Nursing Homes, Patients Feeling Squeeze as Cumulative Funding Cuts Mount; HHSC Estimates Additional $925 Million Needed in 2014-15 to...


15 Jan, 2013, 13:43 ET THCA: House and Senate Budget Blueprints Shortchange Texas Seniors' Nursing Home Care, Ignore Last Session's $58 Million Medicaid Cut, Disregard Ongoing Budget Chaos In Washington

Budget Blueprints Fail to Address Fact Texas Nursing Homes and Their Residents Will Shoulder Nearly $1 Billion in State Government Underfunding...


08 Jan, 2013, 10:17 ET As Session Opens, New THCA Ad Says Texas Nursing Homes and Their Residents Wrongly Shoulder Nearly $1 Billion Burden in State Government Under Funding

Texas Eldercare Leader Warns Ongoing Budget Chaos in Washington Serves as Ominous Session Backdrop; Robust State Medicaid Funding Essential to...


05 Dec, 2012, 14:39 ET State, National Long Term Care Leaders Warn DC "Fiscal Cliff" Places Texas Seniors' Nursing Home Care in Jeopardy

 With deep cuts to Texas seniors' Medicare-funded nursing home care just weeks away unless Congress and the Obama Administration reach a...


22 Oct, 2012, 10:23 ET Texas Nursing Homes Shoulder Nearly $1 Billion Burden in State Government Under Funding

HHSC Estimates Need to Boost Medicaid Nursing Home Rates by $372 Million in GR, $925 Million in All Funding    Commenting on...


11 Jun, 2012, 11:53 ET New Survey of Texas Nursing Homes Finds Cumulative State-Federal Funding Squeeze Placing Dangerous Levels of Stress on Patients, Facilities, Workforce

75.9% of Facilities May Freeze Wages; 67.2% May Defer Expansions; 25.9% May Lay Off Direct Care Staff  A newly completed survey of...


07 Jun, 2012, 13:17 ET As More DC Medicare Cuts Loom, THCA Expresses Concern About TX Leaders' State Budget Directive

Threat of More State Medicaid Cuts to Nursing Home Patients Coupled With DC Budget Quagmire Alarms Key Texas Eldercare Leader Following 2011...


11 May, 2012, 14:18 ET Texas Health Care Association Thanks Gov. Perry for Designating May 13-19 as "Nursing Home Week" in Texas

Members of State's Largest Long Term Care Association to Celebrate Nursing Home Week with Local Events, Educational Outreach to Honor Residents,...


16 Apr, 2012, 15:27 ET Derek L. Prince Chosen as a Future Long Term Care Leader

 The Texas Health Care Association (THCA) announced today that Derek L. Prince has been chosen by the American Health Care Association and the...


22 Mar, 2012, 14:35 ET Texas Health Care Association Testimony Warns Lawmakers of Impact of Continued Nursing Home Care Funding Squeeze

In Testimony Regarding Nursing Homes' Changing Patient Mix and Culture Transformation, THCA Stresses the Importance of Stable and Adequate...