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Nursing home advocates rally against proposed budget cuts

Residents, care providers, and state legislators rallied at Jewish Senior Life in New York to highlight the severe consequences of Governor Kathy Hochul’s budget proposal for nursing homes. The budget suggests a $500 million reduction in funding for nursing homes, alongside a freeze on Medicaid operating rates, a 10% cut in the capital rate, and an additional $400 million in unspecified reductions. This move has sparked widespread concern among healthcare providers and advocates for the elderly.

Michael King, the CEO of Jewish Senior Life, criticized the budget for failing to meet the needs of New York’s older residents. He emphasized the importance of collaboration with legislators to overturn these cuts and advocate for increased Medicaid reimbursement rates to ensure continued care for the vulnerable population. The event saw participation from state Senator Sean M. Ryan and Assembly Members Sarah Clark, Jen Lunsford, and Josh Jensen, among others.

The call for action is part of a broader concern within the local nursing home community. Leaders like Robert Hurlbut of Hurlbut Care Communities are part of a coalition urging Governor Hochul to invest an additional $510 million in the upcoming fiscal year and to reform the current funding methodology by 2025, aiming to secure the future of nursing home care in New York.