The Oklahoma Legislature gave nursing homes a welcomed reprieve this year, but an industry group said another crisis lies on the horizon. The state’s aging population is increasing demand for long-term care centers, which are already struggling to make ends meet, according to the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise.
Nursing home administrators have faced a slew of potential cuts since last year. First, the cigarette fee failed its constitutional challenge, then lawmakers’ replacement budget proposal included severe cuts. After a second special session, those cuts were avoided.
When the Oklahoma Legislature passed its budget bill, Senate Bill 1600, it prevented cuts to every agency for fiscal 2019 and gave most increases. It appropriated a significant increase to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. That agency administers Medicaid, which uses state and federal money to provide poor residents with health coverage. Its annual funding increased by about $113 million, up 11 percent over the year before.
That provided for reimbursement rate increases to nursing homes. Medicaid pays for those residencies by the person per day.
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