Monday, March 28, 2011

Medicaid cuts could hit many nursing homes and patients hard

The federal government is eliminating the additional funding for Medicaid that had been applied with the 2009 economic stimulus, in two stages, so that all additional funding is gone by July 1, 2009.

That means that in some states, like Texas, nursing home patients on Medicaid could be kicked out, and could become direct responsibilities for families.

States, at least 28 of them, could have new incentives to balance budgets by enforcing “filial responsibility laws” on adult children.

CNN Money this morning has a story “Shrinking Medicaid funds pummel states”, link here

CNN also has a video here about a senior day center in South Carolina that is in jeopardy because of loss of funding (“Project Find”).

The “My San Antonio” paper has a story by Melissa Fletcher Stoeljte “Medicaid cuts frighten nursing home operators”, with link here

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