Maine votes to fund nursing homes

The state Legislature enacted on June 20 a bill sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash to fund Maine’s nursing homes, part of a $41 million spending package, according ot Fiddlehead Focus.

LD 925, “An Act Making Certain Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government,” combines several bills that went unresolved when the Legislature adjourned prematurely in May.

“In Maine, we talk a lot about taking care of our seniors but words only go so far,” said Sen. Jackson.  “In passing this unanimous, bipartisan spending package, the Maine Legislature is doing right by the people, who raised a whole generation of Mainers by making sure they get the quality care they need and that the providers who care for them can earn a fair wage.”

Jackson introduced the original bill, LD 1466, “An Act To Address Severe and Ongoing Shortfalls in the Funding of Direct Care Workers in Long-term Care Settings and To Establish the Commission To Study Long-term Care Workforce Issues,”  to address the short- and long-term challenges facing nursing home and long-term care facilities in the state.

Read the full story at Fiddlehead Focus.

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