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Oklahoma Nursing Homes: Save Our Residents from Cuts and Closures

Lawmakers must “keep promise” to protect vulnerable seniors

Oklahoma-With the Supreme Court having struck down a cigarette fee designed to shore up Oklahoma’s underfunded Medicaid program, nursing homes and their residents are now bracing for budget cuts and closures. Early reports indicate that, without the over $200 million in state revenue generated from the fee, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority will be forced to cut the Medicaid reimbursement rate to health care providers. Nico Gomez, the President and CEO of the Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers, estimates that a funding reduction could put many Oklahoma nursing homes out of business. For Travis Belk, a 90-year-old Medicaid recipient who lives in The Gardens skilled nursing facility in Sapulpa, the funding crisis is hitting close to home. “Our lawmakers told us they created a budget that protects Medicaid and keeps homes like this one open,” said Belk. Continue Reading →

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