Breaking News Bar
posted: 9/15/2012 5:00 AM

Medicare cuts endanger nursing facility

Success - Article sent! close

Congressman Bob Dold recently took time to tour ManorCare-Libertyville and meet with patients, visitors and staff to discuss important issues such as Medicare and job growth. We greatly appreciate his visit to ManorCare-Libertyville, where we can care for 130 of our local community's most vulnerable elderly and disabled citizens. As the facility administrator, I know the great success we have in improving the health of our patients, boosting their ability to return home as quickly as possible, and helping to reduce costly rehospitalizations.

However, much of the critical work we do is in jeopardy because of looming budget cuts from Washington, including another Medicare funding reduction in January 2013 -- prompted by automatic across-the-board cuts mandated by Congress as part of the Budget Control Act.

Facilities like ours already care for rising numbers of patients, requiring higher levels of care, and with staff under severe stress. More Washington Medicare cuts as the default policy option is wrong for seniors, taxpayers and the effectiveness of our health care system.

We commend Congressman Dold's interest in understanding the needs of Illinois seniors, the importance of stable Medicare funding, and how skilled nursing facilities are part of the solution to keeping health care costs under control.

Theresa J. Smelser

Senior administrator


Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.