Nursing Home Residents, Administrators Want Hassan To Reinstate $7 Million Cut

Feb 10, 2015

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Nursing home residents from across the state are pushing for Gov. Maggie Hassan to reinstate a $7 million cut in expected Medicaid reimbursements.

More than a dozen residents and nursing home administrators arrived at the Statehouse Tuesday with Republican Sen. Jeanie Forrester seeking a meeting with Hassan. Nursing homes aren't receiving a $7 million rate increase they had been expecting due to budget shortfalls in the Department of Health and Human Services. The nursing homes have received the increase since 2008 and most created their budgets around them.

Residents and advocates say not receiving the money could result in higher taxes, layoffs or diminished services.

Forrester has a bill in that would mandate the $7 million go back to the nursing homes as dictated in the state budget.