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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2019 02:42 PM
From: Representative Thomas R. Caltagirone
To: All House members
Subject: Increase Nursing Home Reimbursements Equal to the Medical Care Inflation Rate
Many nursing homes are struggling to maintain the level of care needed by our aging population because the state reimbursement rates have been stagnate and have not kept up with inflation and increased costs. I will be introducing legislation to provide all nursing facilities with an annual increase attached to the medical care inflation rate.

Under my legislation nursing homes will receive an annual Medical Assistance bed rate increase equal to the Medical Care Inflation rate, as measured by the Federal Bureau of Labor and Statistics for all urban cities on an unadjusted basis. The inflation rate will be measured as of June of each year for the trailing 12 months.

We have a duty to make sure our aging population and their families have viable nursing home options and we must be honest with ourselves, everyone is not a good candidate for in-home nursing care. We need these nursing homes to care for many of our most vulnerable citizens. I believe our seniors are worth the investment.

Please join me and co-sponsor this legislation.