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Letter to the Editor
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, 8:53 p.m.

I thank the entire Pennsylvania congressional delegation – both Senate and House members – for supporting a compromise regarding the fiscal cliff that benefits our commonwealth's seniors.

The Pennsylvania Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living Management is grateful that the compromise steered away from cuts to Medicare. I hope they remain pointed in that direction. Pennsylvania's skilled nursing centers stand at the brink of our own cliff. We're already reeling from severe Medicaid shortfalls and deep Medicare cuts over the past two years.

As Congress prepares for legislation to raise the debt ceiling, we stand ready to work with lawmakers to avoid further cuts to the long-term care profession. Our compass is set for 2013. We have rededicated ourselves individually, and as a profession, to enhancing the quality of care and improving the quality of life for all residents each and every day.”

Dr. Stuart Shapiro


The writer is CEO OF PHCA/CALM, a statewide advocacy organization comprised of more than 330 long-term care and senior service providers.

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