A Minnesota article recently reported that the Bush administration plans to cut Medicaid funding for nursing home care by $1.5 billion per year. Unless the U.S. Congress takes blocking action, the administration intends to issue regulations that would cut in half an established Medicaid funding mechanism, from 6% to 3%. Since the government does not currently provide enough funding to employ optimal staffing levels, this funding cut could be detrimental. Staffing shortages contribute to a great number of nursing home abuse and neglect incidents.
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