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July 3, 2007

Contact: Paul Williams, 703/894-1805, ext. 242 or pwilliams@alfa.org

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

ALFA to Organize Medicare Part D Congressional Visits

The
Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is kicking-off direct
advocacy efforts for assisted living providers who care for dual
eligible (Medicare & Medicaid) residents who participate in the
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. The initiative will involve
meetings in Washington, D.C. with Members of Congress and/or their
staff regarding Medicare Part D co-payments.

Assisted living
residents have had the burden of paying Medicare Part D Prescription
Drug co- payments since the implementation of the program in January
2006. Prior to the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program, dual
eligible residents were exempt from prescription drug co-payments.
Currently most dual eligible assisted living residents are unable to
pay for their prescription drug co- payments which have forced
providers to pay for the co-payments or have their residents face the
prospect of going unnecessarily to a higher care setting such as
nursing homes or other institutional care settings where they are
exempt from co-payments. An overwhelming majority of providers have in
fact provided personal funding for their residents co- payments but
this cannot continue indefinitely.

ALFA will be working with
assisted living providers from affected states on a direct advocacy
campaign and will be scheduling fly-ins where providers from a given
state will come together in Washington, D.C. on a given day this
summer, to meet with their Members of Congress and/or their staff
members to discuss how the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program’s
co-payments have negatively impacted their residents and themselves.
Visits will also demonstrate the significant cost disparity between
care provided in assisted living communities as opposed to other
settings and for the potentially significant increases in care costs
that will result if assisted living residents are forced into higher
care settings simply because they cannot afford their co-payments in
assisted living communities.

You do not have to be a member of
ALFA to participate in this initiative. If you are interested in
participating in this advocacy effort, please contact Paul Williams at pwilliams@alfa.org.

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