Heritage Healthcare hosts ‘Save Our Seniors’ discussion
by Emanuel County Live | September 29, 2009 12:00 am
Heritage Healthcare in Swainsboro hosted a public meeting Tuesday afternoon regarding proposed federal spending cuts in Medicare. “We think these cuts are disproportionate to the Nursing Home Industry,” said Chris Downing, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for UHS Pruitt Corporation, owners of Heritage Healthcare. U.S. House Bill 3200 proposes $32 billion dollars in cuts to Medicare over the next ten years. “These are the wrong cuts at the wrong time to the wrong industry,” Downing added.
The document itself is over 1000 pages long and, according to Downing, would cut over $160,000 in federal funding to the Swainsboro Heritage Healthcare.
State Senator Jack Hill and State Representative Butch Parrish also spoke at the town hall-style meeting. Both elected officials encouraged the crowd of over one hundred people to let their voices be heard by contacting Congressman John Barrow and Georgia’s two United States Senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss.
The bill has cleared all committees in Washington and could be voted on in the next week, according to Downing. The bill also includes substantial spending cuts in pharmaceuticals and hospitals.
Downing encouraged all residents to speak out against the proposed bill by e-mailing, calling or writing their federally elected officials immediately. For further information visit www.ahca.org or contact Heritage Healthcare directly at 478-237-7022. The local nursing home also has a petition for citizens to sign.