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Senate Proceeding on Dec 5th, 2009 :: 4:27:20 to 4:33:40
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Susan Collins

4:27:16 to 4:27:36( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: over in the corner. maybe we can give -- mr. franken: i do have the microphone, and i thank you for the 16 seconds. i've used it i yield my

Susan Collins

4:27:20 to 4:33:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Susan Collins

Susan Collins

4:27:37 to 4:27:57( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: the presiding officer: the senator from mr. enzi: i ask unanimous const that a, an article that was dcussed earlier and had some objection to it, but that objection has from fact

Susan Collins

4:27:58 to 4:28:18( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: in the the presiding officer: without objection. mr. enzi: i yield five minutes to the senator from maine. the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: thank you, madam president. and i thank the kphaerpbg of the bill. madam president -- i thank the manager of the bill. madam president, i rise in support by the motion offered by my colleague from nebraska to

Susan Collins

4:28:19 to 4:28:41( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: recommit this bill in order to strike the more than $42 billion in cuts in the medicare home health benefit. madam president, you too come from a pretty rural state, so i know that you understand just how important home health care

Susan Collins

4:28:42 to 4:29:02( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: is to the seniors in our states. home health care has become an increasingly important part where -- of our healt system. the highly skilled services and compassionate care that our nation's home health agencies provide hav families together.

Susan Collins

4:29:03 to 4:29:24( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: they have enabled millions of our most frail and vulnerable senior citizens to avoid hospitals and instead to receive care just where they want to be: in the privacy, comfort and security of

Susan Collins

4:29:25 to 4:29:45( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: their own homes. moreover by helping these individuals to avoid more costly institutional care, home health saves medicare millions of dollars each and that's why i find it so frustrating and so ironic that

Susan Collins

4:29:46 to 4:30:06( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: once again the medicare home health benefit is under attack. the bill before us would cut payments to home health providers by more tha than $42 billion over the next 10 years. more

Susan Collins

4:30:07 to 4:30:28( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: double whammy in addition to $7.5 billion worth of cuts that have been imposed by the centers for medicare and medicaid services through regulation. these cuts are particularly unfair and

Susan Collins

4:30:29 to 4:30:51( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: a program that costs medicare less than $16 billion a year. that is simply not right. and it's certainly not in the interest of our nation's seniors who rely on home health care in order to keep out of more expensive hospitals, nursing

Susan Collins

4:30:52 to 4:31:16( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: homes, and other madam president, the medicare home health benefit has already taken a larger hit in spending over the past 10 years than any other medicare benefit. in fact, home health is a share of medicare spending -- as a share of medicare spending has

Susan Collins

4:31:17 to 4:31:39( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: dropped from 8.7% in 1997 to only 3.6% today. madam president, there was an excellent article in today's "new york times" talking about the this bill would have on health care. as the author -- the reporter

Susan Collins

4:31:40 to 4:32:04( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: pots out, under this legislation home care would be a absorb a disproptionate amount of the cuts. it currently accounts for 3.7% of would require to absorb 10.2% of the savings from medicare under

Susan Collins

4:32:05 to 4:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: the house bill and 9.4% o savings under the senate bill. madam president, that does not make sense. home health care has consistently proven to be a compassionate and alternative to institutional care.

Susan Collins

4:32:26 to 4:32:48( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: and in rural states where home health providers have to travel long distances to deliver care, the impact of these cuts will ultimately fall on our siors. because home health agencies simply will not be able to afford to serve seniors who are

Susan Collins

4:32:49 to 4:33:12( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: living in smaller communities off rural roads in isolated parts of our stes. these deep cuts are counterproductive to our efforts to control overall health care costs. they also place the quality of

Susan Collins

4:33:13 to 4:33:37( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: home health services at risk, particularly given ever rising staffing, transportation and technology costs. madam faces the continuing challenges of caring for an aging population, now is not the time

Susan Collins

4:33:38 to 4:33:41( Edit History Discussion )

Susan Collins: the medicare home health benefit.

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