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 Parkinson Asks Democratic Governors To Protect Provider Assessments

American Health Care Association (AHCA) President and Chief Executive Officer Gov. Mark Parkinson lobbied his former gubernatorial colleagues to the cause of provider assessments over the weekend.

Parkinson spoke at a panel at the Democratic Governors Association in Colorado on Saturday.

He told the audience that protecting provider assessments “is crucial as we struggle through multiple rounds of cuts that have affected the long term care sector.”

Earlier this summer, House Republicans briefly flirted with the idea of slashing assessments to help pay for student loan guarantees, but backed down after intense resistance from Parkinson and other industry leaders. Nonetheless, providers are worried that the notion will return in future budget battles.

Parkinson’s comments are part of a broader effort to build an electric fence around provider assessments so that future Congresses won’t see it as just another line item.

The former Democratic governor of Kansas, Parkinson has called repeatedly for a broader overhaul of Medicaid because the current regime is in danger of becoming all but incomprehensible to practitioners and patients.

“The protection of provider assessments is crucial as we struggle through multiple rounds of cuts that have affected the long term care sector,” Parkinson said in a blog post. “The need for these services will only grow as the boomers age. We must proactively act now to guarantee their future health security. We know we can be part of the solution.”

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