Rock Island County, Illinois plans to build public nursing home despite lawsuit

Rock Island County officials have announced that, despite a lawsuit brought on by private nursing homes, they will continue to build the new Rock Island Care Center in East Moline, Illinois. The new nursing home is intended to replace Oak Glen Home in Coal Valley, Illinois. The new home will have better access to public transportation and will be easier for doctors and dentists to reach. It will also have 75 more beds. The private nursing homes complain that the new home will oversaturate the market, but the benefit of public homes is that they are required by the state to take in recipients of Medicaid or Medicare. Private nursing homes also accommodate public aid patients, but often have limits.

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