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State budget will include major staffing reforms for nursing home

The state budget is more than five days late, but apparently there is hope on the horizon.

Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are getting ‘close’ to finalizing a deal, according to Spectrum News.

“We have a conceptual agreement on all issues, I think it’s fair to say, the Senate, the Assembly, and myself,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a press conference on Monday. “They are working it through with their conferences. We’re dotting some i’s, we’re crossing some t’s. But that’s where we are.”

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Among the legislative items that were sticking points were a series of reforms for long-term care facilities. Like a requirement that they spend at least 70% of their revenue on direct resident care. They also included a requirement that at least 40% of their revenue be spent on resident-facing staff.

Assemblyman Ron Kim who has led on the issue at the state level, called it a compromise. “This is the compromise ratio,” he said. “I think it is a step in the right direction. But if you look at other states, the other states are already at 80%-90% mandating the for-profits make sure that they’re investing in the right places. It is the right thing to do.”



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