LeadingAge Members Hike the Hill for Medicare Beneficiaries
by Marsha R. Greenfield
Published On: Mar 14, 2014
Updated On: Mar 18, 2014
Majority Leader Cantor and Group
Led by LeadingAge member Menorah Park in Cleveland, Ohio, LeadingAge leaders from Beth Shalom Lifecare Community in Richmond, VA, Jennings Center for Older Adults in Garfield, OH, and Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean, VA, converged on Congress to urge support for H.R. 1179, bi-partisan legislation that counts all nights spent in a hospital toward a Medicare beneficiary's eligibility for Part A skilled nursing benefits.
The day began with an early breakfast meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH), lead sponsor of the companion bi-partisan Senate bill, S. 569, where the group got to thank the Senator for his work on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries. (Picture)
Next the group met with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA). This meeting was arranged and led by Rep. David Joyce (OH), who is a co-sponsor of H.R. 1179.
The group was honored to have 30 minutes of undivided attention with Mr. Cantor and Mr. Joyce.
Mr. Cantor asked incisive questions about the specific legislation, and provided helpful advice. No one was under any illusion that passage of HR 1179 will be easy, but we were certainly heartened by his understanding of the issue and support for it.
Among the points made during the meeting were:
The policy is unfair because there rarely is any significant difference between patients who are admitted as in-patients and therefore eligible for Medicare SNF and patients who are admitted under observation and not eligible.
The observation stay rule costs both beneficiaries and the Medicare program, because patients who are sent home when they really need intense therapy are likely to return to the hospital, and we shared a great example of this from Cleveland Clinic.
The day ended with debriefings with staff from Rep. Joe Courtney (CT), the lead sponsor in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Sen. Brown.
In all, this was a busy, rewarding and exciting day, a really stellar example of member advocacy on behalf of the people we serve.
Administrator - Menorah Park Center for Senior Living; Beachwood, Ohio
Chair of Government Affairs Committee-Menorah Park Center for Senior Living Board of Trustees; Beachwood, Ohio
RADM Kathleen L, Martin, USN (Ret)
Chief Executive Officer Vinson Hall Retirement Community
Executive Director, Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation; McLean, Virginia
Vice Admiral John G. Cotton
Chief of Navy Reserve Commander, Navy Reserve Force
Chairman, Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation; McLean, Virginia
President, Jennings Center for Older Adults; Garfield Heights, Ohio
Board of Trustees, Jennings Center for Older Adults; Garfield Heights, Ohio
James Campbell, MD
Director, Geriatric Health, Cleveland's MetroHealth
Medical Director, Jennings Center for Older Adults; Garfield Heights, Ohio
Executive Vice President/CEO, Beth Shalom Lifecare Community; Richmond, Virginia
Beth Siegel Stein
Board of Trustees, Beth Shalom Lifecare Community; Richmond, Virginia
Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Leading Age; Washington, D.C.
Dr. Cheryl L. Phillips
Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy, Leading Age; Washington, D.C