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                           REGARDING FMAP FUNDING


October 22, 2008


The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
United States Senate
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Schumer:

My name is [insert your name] and I am a(n) [employee of/patient receiving care/family
member/trustee] from [name of organization]. We first would like to thank you for your
commitment in ensuring that New York State’s elderly, and disabled population has
access to the best care possible. During this unstable economic time, it is critical that we
pay particular attention to meeting the needs of these most vulnerable individuals.

It has come to our attention that there is a renewed interest in passing an economic
stimulus package following the November 4, 2008. It is imperative that the economic
stimulus legislation include Medicaid relief for states with a temporary increase in the
Medicaid matching rate, or “FMAP.”

Since the beginning of 2008, increasing the FMAP rate has been a priority for the long
term care community, as well as for Governor Paterson and Mayor Bloomberg. With
New York State now facing a $5.4 billion budget deficit for the upcoming budget year, an
FMAP increase is essential to lessen the State’s financial burden, and to protect the long
term care community from deep State Medicaid cuts. A temporary increase in New
York’s FMAP of 4% for 15 months, as included in the Senate’s previous stimulus
package (S.3604), would yield close to $2 billion in savings to the State. This Federal
funding has never been more critical for the long term care community.

As you work with your Senate colleagues to develop the stimulus package in the coming
days and weeks, I urge you to ensure that a temporary FMAP increase is included.

Thank you again for your continued steadfast support of New York State’s long term care
community.

Sincerely,