Livingston County is urging New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to increase the daily Medicaid rate paid to nursing homes to align with the current costs of providing high-quality care. With a number of nursing homes and rehabilitation centers struggling to stay afloat and closing down due to rising costs and increased governmental regulations caused by COVID-19, it has become imperative to reimburse a percentage based on today’s rates.
Medicaid represents roughly 75 percent of all resident days, and the daily Medicaid rate paid to nursing homes in New York State has not been increased since 2008, except for a one percent increase in 2022. This lack of increase has placed an immense financial burden on facilities, despite the rising costs and historic inflation rates.
David L. LeFeber, Chair of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors, stated that “The Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is a pillar in our community that has provided outstanding long-term care to our residents for decades. We respectfully ask that Governor Hochul increase the daily Medicaid rate to align with today’s costs, which will continue to allow facilities across the state to provide critical services.”
The lack of proper reimbursement levels can make it difficult for facilities to pay competitive wages needed to attract and retain skilled staff, which can negatively impact the quality of care provided. It can also hinder the development of newer programs and initiatives designed to meet evolving healthcare needs.
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