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Warner Supports Bill to Strengthen Medicare and Medicaid

Under current federal law, unless Congress intervenes, Medicare and Medicaid payments to providers will be cut once again due to actions taken by Congress in 1997 with the passage of the Balanced Budget Act (BBA). Such further cuts could have a crippling effect on many of our Medicare and Medicaid providers who are already providing services on a tight margin.



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May 28, 2002

Mr. Thomas A. Scully

Administrator

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Department of Health and Human Services

Hubert Humphrey Building, Room 443-G

200 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20201

Re: CMS-2131-P

Dear Mr. Scully:

The American Nurses Association (ANA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule on requirements for paid feeding assistants in long term care facilities which was published in the Federal Register on March 29, 2002.



For Release: Immediately

Contact: CMS Press Office

(202) 690-6145

HHS ISSUES NEW MEDICAID MANAGED CARE REGULATION TO GUARANTEE STRONG PATIENT PROTECTIONS

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today issued a final regulation to give Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed care plans the same types of protection that participants in private plans would receive under patient rights' legislation now under consideration in Congress.



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