Balancing Virginia's Budget on our Backs: Part 3
February 29, 2012
(Today is the third part of a 4 part series on how the conservative state budget plans are out of touch--and at our expense.)
The Virginian-Pilot has reported, "The governor's budget also withholds inflation payments to Medicaid, the federal- and state-supported health care program for low-income Virginians. The flat reimbursements are expected to have an impact on hospitals, community health clinics and nursing homes, because of the large caseloads of Medicaid patients they serve... Medicaid cuts will also have an impact on nursing homes, because 61 percent of those residents in the state are on Medicaid. The Virginia Health Care Association, which advocates for nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, is asking legislators for an additional $15 million a year, to restore $5 a day from the average of $13.22 that nursing homes lose on Medicaid residents."
Progressive Point: Our seniors have contributed to our community and paid into Medicare and Medicaid all their lives. But Governor McDonnell and conservatives in the General Assembly are breaking our promise to Virginia's seniors and are forcing them to pick up another health care tab by eliminating long-term healthcare coverage for over 4500 seniors.
Conservative legislators' uncaring budget proposals tighten eligibility for Medicaid long-term care insurance. Thousands of seniors on fixed social security income will be unable to get long term care coverage under Medicaid if the conservative's budget proposals go through. This is the equivalent of 112 full city busses driving seniors away from their nursing homes. Virginia's budget should reflect the Commonwealth's priorities, and that doesn't include turning our backs on Virginia's seniors. Virginia's values include respecting and supporting our seniors--conservatives in Richmond cannot cut their care short.
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