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Medicaid changes announced by Bush administration could affect nursing home residents, family members, and nursing home employees

A recent Kaiser Report examined the rush of media following the Bush administration proposed changes for Medicaid could affect states. Florida journalists argue that the funding reductions will hit nursing homes in particular because Medicare does not pay for extended nursing home care. Oklahoma experts state that the Medicaid changes would eliminate tens of millions of dollars in appropriations for each state. One chance narrows a field of state workers paid by Medicaid who assist developmentally disabled residents.

These laws must be carefully scrutinized for their effects on the nursing home community. If nursing homes are not properly funded, there are not enough nurses to care for the residents. Then – nursing home abuse and neglect inevitably results.

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