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Advocacy for Older Adults

Urgent: Protect Nursing Homes and Ensure Care for Older Adults

Governor Hochul’s budget proposal presents a dire situation for nursing homes, including the Jewish Home and others in Rochester. The proposed cuts amount to over $500 million, with an additional $400 million in Medicaid savings targets. These cuts, along with reductions to operating and capital rates, will have severe consequences for our facilities, staff and the residents we serve.

The impact directly affects the quality of care and accessibility to nursing home services. As a result, we anticipate increased hospital overcrowding in the Rochester area, compounding the existing strain on nursing home placement due to Medicaid funding shortfalls of $810 million and growing. 

It is crucial to protect the interests of our most vulnerable citizens. We are calling on legislators to vote against Governor Hochul’s proposed budget and to support a 16% Medicaid rate increase for nursing homes while rebasing rates for the future.

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See why nursing home care is so important.

We urge legislators to:

  • REJECT the proposal freezing the nursing home operating rate at January 2024 levels.
  • REJECT the proposal to reduce the capital component of the nursing home rate by 10%.
  • REJECT the $75 million cut to the nursing home Vital Access Provider Assurance Program (VAPAP).
  • REJECT the $400 million savings target for long-term care.
  • ACCEPT the proposal allowing medication technicians to administer routine medications under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  • INCLUDE a 16% Medicaid rate increase to nursing homes ($500 million state share).
  • INCLUDE language in the Article VII bill that codifies the rebasing of nursing home rates.

Take action today.

Your voice is important. Please send a digital letter by clicking the link below.

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