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April 17, 2017      7:08 PM

Emotional debate surrounds finding additional funding for nursing homes

Dr. Sheffield breaks down: “As a Christian physician in our state, (I know) these people need care...Nobody wants to end up like this, but we have no choice,”

Rep. J.D. Sheffield’s attempt to pull down a new stream of Medicaid funding for nursing homes drew small but vocal opposition from the coalition of nonprofit providers this morning.

To sort the wheat from the chaff in Medicaid funding is always complicated.

What everyone can agree to this session is that no general revenue has been found to increase reimbursement rates for nursing homes and that about 70 percent of nursing home providers have signed on to the creation of a federal matching fund under the Nursing Facility Reinvestment Allowance.

By Kimberly Reeves

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