Friday, May 28, 2010

FHCA Praises Governor Crist for Vetoing Nursing Home Funding Cuts

FHCA is pleased to report that during today's signing of the $70-billion 2010-11 budget, Governor Charlie Crist vetoed the reduction to the Medicaid reimbursement rates paid to nursing home providers.

In a statement to the media, FHCA Executive Director J. Emmett Reed said:

"As you know, adequate Medicaid funding is directly linked with high care quality and staffing stability, particularly since nursing homes devote a full 70 percent of operating expenses to wages, benefits and other labor costs. For the nearly 71,000 vulnerable frail, elders and Floridians with disabilities who depend upon on long term care and services, this veto represents the kind of help that is needed to protect their quality care and to preserve the jobs of the dedicated front line staff who are working to improve the quality of life for those entrusted to their care."

We applaud Governor Crist for his action to preserve much-needed Medicaid funding for nursing home care.

To read the press release about the Governor's budget signing, which includes the funding cut veto, click here.

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