To the Editor:
Could a $70 million+ cut in Medicaid reimbursement for nursing homes and specialty hospitals endanger our most vulnerable citizens? Could it create nursing home nightmares?
The proposed cuts in the State Budget could threaten the quality of care for many seniors who do not have options other than nursing home care. The State ought to do more to provide home- and community-based care options, but until it does, we need high-quality nursing home care firmly in place.
During an AARP “teletown hall” on April 20th, AARP asked Governor Christie to review the proposed budget cuts and possibly restore some of the funding. The Governor gave an affirmative response and stated his shared concern regarding quality of care. That’s good news. AARP trust he will to do his best to protect our most vulnerable citizens.
Cuts to nursing facilities could easily result in personnel layoffs, and for vulnerable people in nursing homes, this could be dangerous. Less is definitely NOT more when it comes to nursing care!
AARP Outreach Volunteer
For confirmation, please contact:
Jane H. Margesson
AARP New Jersey
101 Rockingham Row - Forrestal Village
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 452-3908 office
(609) 571-0526 cell
(609) 987-4634 fax