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Healthcare Workers Fear Cuts Could Shut Down Nursing Homes

April 25th, 2008 by flanews

Nursing home workers say budget cuts will put them out of business. Lawmakers propose cutting healthcare funding by about a billion dollars. The cuts would leave Floridas nursing homes with 165 million dollars less. Nursing homes get state funds and are required to provide about three hours of personal care a day to every patient. Florida Healthcare Association Chairman David Sylvester said if funding is cut then nursing homes couldnt meet the three hour requirement.

Were faced with a choice of breaking the law perhaps and not standing where were suppose to by the law or putting our facilities in serious financial risk, said Sylvester.

Sylvester wants the state to use matching federal funds to lessen the blow to nursing homes.

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