April 22, 2011
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has proposed budget cuts that will reduce state payments to nursing homes by $472 million during the next two years. Nursing home advocates say the budget cuts could lead to less staff and services offered at Ohio’s 964 nursing homes.
The proposed budget would also mean less Medicaid payments to hospitals.
State Rep. John Carey will be holding a town hall meeting in Gallipolis, Ohio this Saturday morning to discuss the cuts in funding to Ohio nursing homes.
Nursing home advocates see reductions in funding to Ohio nursing homes as a recipe for negative consequences. A shortage of staff and necessary services offered at nursing homes could open the doors to nursing home abuse and neglect.
Nursing home advocates in Ohio are doing the important work of speaking out against government actions that reduce the quality of care that elderly nursing homes residents receive. Also important in the fight against nursing home abuse is contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer if you suspect abuse or neglect.