Five Nursing Homes to Close -- More Than 1,000 Residents and Staff Impacted

BOSTON—Following nearly a decade of significant underfunding of Massachusetts nursing homes, five facilities filed notice with the state Department of Public Health last week of their intent to shut down. More than 1,000 residents and staff will be impacted by the announced closures. The Massachusetts Senior Care Association today stressed that these decisions underscore an industry on the brink of collapse due largely to inadequate state Medicaid funding, and that many more closures are possible. According to state cost report
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SENATE LAWMAKERS JOIN HOUSE IN OVERRIDING GOVERNOR’S VETO-- UNANIMOUS VOTE RESTORES $7.5 MILLION IN MEDICAID FUNDING FOR NURSING HOMES

BOSTON—With a unanimous vote, the Massachusetts Senate overrode Governor Charlie Baker's veto of $7.5 million in Medicaid nursing facility funding for the FY 2018 budget. Nearly 70% of skilled nursing home residents have their care paid for by MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program. For nearly a decade state Medicaid reimbursements for nursing home care has flatlined, while the cost of caring for the state’s most vulnerable population has increased substantially. Skilled nursing facilities are underfunded by $37 per day, per
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HOUSE LAWMAKERS OVERRIDE GOVERNOR’S VETO AND VOTE TO KEEP $7.5 MILLION IN MEDICAID FUNDING FOR NURSING HOMES

BOSTON—In a critical move, the Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to override Governor Charlie Baker's veto of $7.5 million in Medicaid nursing facility funding. Currently, three-quarters of the state’s nursing facilities have a combined negative margin of 4.4%, an indication that the sector is experiencing an unprecedented financial crisis---a crisis brought on by the state’s lack of investment in nursing home Medicaid funding. Nearly 70% of skilled nursing home residents have their care paid for by Medicaid. Because three-quarters
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Lawmakers Told Many Skilled Nursing Facilities on the Verge of Bankruptcy and Possible Closure

BOSTON— Saying “there has never been more urgency,” frontline workers, resident family members, administrators and the Massachusetts Senior Care Association (MSCA) today told lawmakers, on the Joint Committee of Elder Affairs, that unless they take drastic action to reverse the lack of investment in the nursing home industry, several facilities face closure, displacing hundreds of residents. A recent analysis of 2016 state cost report data, filed with the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) shows three quarters of the
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123 MA LEGISLATORS ENDORSE NEED TO STABILIZE NURSING HOME FACILITIES

BOSTON— In an overwhelming and bipartisan show of support, 123 Massachusetts Representatives and Senators have signed on as co-sponsors to a nursing home stabilization bill that would better enable nursing facilities to meet the daily care needs for their residents and employees. Every year more than 150,000 Massachusetts residents rely on skilled nursing facilities to provide quality care when they can no longer live safely in their home, and when they are undergoing rehabilitation services after a short hospital stay
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Mass Senior Care Association Urges Lawmakers to Support Ballot Initiative to Increase Personal Income Tax on Those Earning Over $1 Million

Boston -- The Massachusetts Senior Care Association (MSCA) is calling on legislators to support a constitutional amendment that would add a 4% surtax on personal incomes over $ 1 million. It is estimated that approval of this ballot initiative would generate nearly $2 billion in additional state revenues, which is necessary to better ensure that there is sufficient state revenue to fund critical services including transportation, education and health and social services. The Commonwealth’s nursing facilities provide a core state
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MSCA DataPoints: Massachusetts Ranks As One Of The Worst In Nation In Funding For Nursing Homes

Nursing facilities in Massachusetts lose substantially more money per Medicaid patient, per day than the national average, according to a national report. The study, commissioned by the American Health Care Association, shows that Massachusetts has the 4th highest Medicaid shortfall gap. Because over two out of 3 residents at Massachusetts nursing homes rely on Medicaid, the inadequacy of state funding has led to a dire financial situation for Massachusetts nursing facilities. The “2015 Medicaid Shortfall Report” also documents: Massachusetts nursing
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STRONG MAJORITY OF MA LEGISLATORS SUPPORT INVESTMENTS IN QUALITY NURSING HOME CARE BY CO-SPONSORING AN OMNIBUS STABILIZATION BILL

In an overwhelming and bipartisan show of support, 124 out of 200 Massachusetts Representatives and Senators have signed on as co-sponsors to a bill that would better enable nursing facilities to meet the needs of their residents and employees. The Commonwealth’s nursing facilities face dire financial and staffing challenges. According to an analysis of the most recent government data, nearly 60% of the state’s 410 nursing facilities are operating on negative budgets. The nursing facility provider community had a cumulative
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