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Jun 17, 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...

May 07, 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...

May 01, 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...

Apr 29, 2013, 14:27 ET

61.4% of Nursing Home-Associated Texas Businesses See Reduced Facility Purchasing in Wake of Medicaid-Medicare Funding Cuts

As a newly-published story in Modern Healthcare reports how underfunded state Medicaid rates are squeezing nursing home patient care for 60,000...

Apr 22, 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...

Apr 16, 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...

Apr 05, 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'...

Apr 01, 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...

Mar 27, 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...

Mar 20, 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...

Mar 13, 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...

Mar 11, 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...

Mar 06, 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,...

Mar 05, 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...

Mar 01, 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...

Jan 15, 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...

Jan 08, 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...

Dec 05, 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...

Oct 22, 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...

Jun 11, 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...