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  • msears99 msears99 Mar 20, 2011 9:01 PM Flag

    States passing medicaid cuts

    Nursing homes concerned about Medicaid cuts

    By ALLISON P. SMITH/Staff Reporter
    Thursday, March 10, 2011 11:41 AM CST
    Fulltime nursing facilities are the second largest health facility employers after hospitals, and a proposed 33 percent cut in Medicaid for nursing homes will have a negative impact on the local economy, officials say.

    There is no way a business can take a cut of a third in revenue and survive, said Tim Graves, Texas Health Care Association president and chef executive officer.

    “The Texas budget will cut $1.4 million from the money it pays to nursing homes for care,” Graves said. “This will cut the rates that are paid to nursing homes, cost job loss and displace vulnerable seniors who can’t take care of themselves.”

    Half the nursing homes have a high Medicaid census and 60,000 jobs are definitely in danger, Graves said.

    Click Here for latest editionBrenham Rest Home provides daily services to 50 residents employs between 45-50 people.

    About 75 percent of its revenues come from Medicaid, administrative director Catherine Mahlmann said.

    “If the state makes these proposed cuts, we will have to make adjustments in our day-to-day operations,” Mahlmann said. “We had a one percent cut in December and another two percent cut in February, but we will have to really tighten our belts with a 33 percent cut.”

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