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Fighting Nursing Home Cuts

April 6th, 2009 by flanews

Care for seniors in nursing homes could get worse if the state follows through on proposed spending cuts.

The Senates plan chops 81 million dollars from Medicaid Programs that help fund nursing homes. Senior advocates and nursing home workers gathered at the state Capitol to ask to ask lawmaker to leave their funding alone. Chairwoman of the Florida Health Care Association Deborah Franklin said the cuts will result in less care for patients.

Two-thirds of our cost pay for staff and salaries. If the legislature approves Medicaid funding cuts nursing homes may be forced to lay off thousand of workers that provide quality of life service to our residents, said Franklin.

The group is also asking lawmakers to make sure federal stimulus dollars earmarked for health care programs isnt used on other parts of the budget.

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