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Long-term care providers endorse Ingebrigtsen
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CARE-PAC, the political action committee for Care Providers of Minnesota, recently endorsed Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen for re-election to the Minnesota State Senate in District 8. Ingebrigtsen's support and interest in long-term care was the primary reason he earned the CARE-PAC endorsement.

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"Our dedicated long-term care professionals are proud to support Bill Ingebrigtsen," said Patti Cullen, president and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota. "Senator Ingebrigtsen understands our state's long-term care issues and he has a deep commitment to maintaining Minnesota's reputation for high-quality long-term health care."

Cullen stated that the greatest threat facing Minnesota's long-term care community today revolves around the continued Medicaid funding crisis.

"Over the past four years, nursing home rates have been frozen. Minnesota law does not allow nursing homes to charge private pay residents anything above the Medicaid rate, so in effect the state dictates what we can charge (called rate equalization)," said Cullen.

"Additionally, over the past four years, between legislative and administrative cuts, there have been double-digit decreases to the rates that Medicaid will pay for services needed by seniors and people with disabilities in assisted living settings," commented Cullen. "We are at a crisis point in our state and we need renewed state investment so we can continue to provide quality care to "the greatest generation,'" she added. "We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Ingebrigtsen in finding solutions to this grave situation."

Established in 1947, Care Providers of Minnesota represents more than 600 proprietary, nonprofit and government-owned providers of long-term care including nursing facilities, housing with services, assisted living, foster care, home care, and hospice. For more information, visit www.careproviders.org.

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