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THCA: New Federal Report Shows Importance of Skilled Nursing Facility Sector to Texas, National Jobs

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/—U.S. Department of Labor Says Health Care Employment Slated for Major Gains Between 2010-2020

Citing a new report from the U.S. Department of Labor and a corresponding analysis of that report by the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) today said Texas’ skilled nursing facility (SNF) sector will continue to be a significant source of new jobs throughout the state, and urged federal lawmakers to ensure funding adequacy as Congress and the President begin shaping the federal budget for the year ahead.

“Meeting Texas seniors’ ongoing care needs as well as sustaining a strong workforce and local jobs base for the future is contingent on adequate Medicaid funding levels from Austin in the face of more possible cuts to Medicare in Washington,” stated Tim Graves, President of THCA. “We urge the President to oppose both Medicare and Medicaid cuts in the FY 2013 federal budget since our profession and the patients we serve have been hit by a barrage of funding cuts and regulatory rulings over the past several years.”

In its most recent jobs report, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the health care and social assistance sector will gain the most new jobs - 5.6 million of the 20.5 million new jobs the agency predicts will be created between 2010 and 2020. An initial analysis of the report by the AHCA Research Department shows that the top 4 of the 22 major occupational groups flagged for the greatest growth in employment in this decade are in the field of health care—with construction and extraction occupations rounding out the top five growth areas.

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