- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The home health care industry and its allies are getting help from U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis in opposing Medicare spending cuts for skilled nursing assistance for older adults.

Tillis was slated to attend a news conference Thursday in Raleigh with home health providers, patients and their family members. They are unhappy with a rule linked to the federal health care overhaul taking effect last month to reduce the base Medicare home health benefit by 14 percent over four years.

The home health care industry says the reductions are already leading to job losses and threatens access to services for the homebound.

Tillis is the state House speaker but has made few public appearances to date since focusing on his Senate campaign. The Senate primary is in May.

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