Society Concerned with FY 2018 Budget’s Impact on PA/LTC Population
AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine expresses great concern with elements of the Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget that would negatively impact the frail older adults the Society’s members and stakeholders serve. The President’s budget starts the budget process; however, Congress will now develop the budget and pass the measure for fiscal year 2018.
The Administration’s proposed budget reduces Medicaid by $610 billion. The Society believes these deep cuts would erode coverage and essential protections for the nation’s most vulnerable patients: those who are older, sicker, and poorer. For many older adults and disabled individuals who need long-term care services, Medicaid provides their only safety net. “No matter our personal political leanings, we can and should always speak on behalf of the people we serve, older adults, disabled adults, and all who may require post-acute and long-term care services,” says Society Board of Directors President Heidi White, MD, MHS, MEd, CMD. “In doing so, we are supporting or neighbors and our communities.”
The Society is concerned about the elimination of $403 million for important primary care training programs including the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) under Titles VII and VIII under the Health Resources Services Administration. This important program enhances and extends much-needed geriatrics education in a variety of health care settings.
The Society looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress on the budget and specifically improving the above programs.