Biden’s Relief package has been successful and popular. Thank God relief is here: American Rescue Plan.
More than 200,000 Americans signed up for health insurance under ObamaCare during the open enrollment period. A good sign that the uninsured are getting coverage, according to federal officials and health policy experts. The recent stimulus and relief law provided funds to expand Medicaid. Alabama and Wyoming consider expanding Medicaid for many citizens.
Meanwhile, some states want to cut Medicaid Medicaid reimbursements for nursing homes. For example, Florida’s budget cuts Medicaid by $81 million. A $42.1 billion budget disclosed includes a 2% cut to Medicaid funding for nursing homes. Florida Health Care Association claims it would cost $125,000 per facility, per year.
Providers across the country have been clamoring for increases in Medicaid reimbursement as a critical way to address staffing shortages, in particular.
“While nursing centers received significant funding from the federal government over the past year, precautionary measures necessitated by COVID-19 have already depleted those funds, and the rising costs of keeping residents safe and well cared for will continue even as the number of cases declines,” he said. “It’s that critical our nursing centers have the resources they need to recover from the pandemic, strengthen their workforce, upgrade their aging physical structures, and continue implementing solutions to ensure seniors have access to high-quality long term care.”