The costs of providing adequate nursing home care are much lower than the cost of correcting the consequences of poor care. Prevention of complications from Illinois nursing home negligence and abuse is ultimately much less of a burden on the state budget than dealing with the increased costs of complications from poor treatment. Our state lawmakers would be wise to heed this common sense approach to the budgeting process.
It is for that reason that it is important to stand against proposed cuts to the current funding levels for local Medicaid patients, which includes many nursing home residents. The News Gazette reported this week on a fight currently underway in the state over the amount of funding for Medicaid in next year’s state budget. Some advocates argue that the proposed 6 percent reduction would place elderly Illinois nursing home residents in jeopardy of mistreatment and abuse.
The Health Care Council of Illinois is activating opposition to the cuts which would amount to a $170 million reduction in funding for local nursing homes. In addition 7,000 Illinois nursing home jobs might be lost in the move. Blog readers know that too few care workers leads to more detached nursing home care. The staffing shortages would hit homes for the mentally-ill particularly hard
Illinois already ranks dead last among all the states in the amount that it pays to care for its nursing home residents. This latest cut would even further harm the already vulnerable Illinois nursing home residents.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti understand that role that adequate funding plays in the quality of care at our local facilities. Far too many seniors are already wallowing in downright shameful living conditions. All efforts need to be made to ensure that even more of our elderly residents become victims of negligent treatment.
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