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Real-world Harm from Governor's Budget Plan
Date:6/25/2009

Skilled nursing facility closings, patient transfers, significant job losses

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Skilled Nursing Care Coalition today painted a stark picture of the real-life human consequences of the devastating and debilitating impact the estimated $300 million reduction in total Medicaid reimbursement being proposed by Governor Strickland would have on the state's frail elderly and disabled Ohioans:

  • Dozens of facilities likely will have to close
  • Residents in closed facilities will have to be transferred to other locations, causing trauma and life-threatening health risks from being forced out of what is, by need and choice, their home
  • More than 2,000 jobs will be lost
  • The quality of care that is provided in remaining facilities will decline because there simply will not be enough nurses and other staff to give the around-the-clock care that is needed.

Victoria Gresh, the Executive Director of The Ohio Academy of Nursing Homes, Inc., said, "Under the Governor's proposal, 20% of the skilled nursing facilities in Ohio each will lose half a million dollars or more over the next two years, likely forcing dozens to go out of business. They just won't be able to make it with that big a cut to their revenue."

John Alfano, President and CEO of AOPHA, The Advocate Of Not-For-Profit Services For Older Ohioans, said, "Closing that many skilled nursing facilities is disastrous. Bear in mind the average skilled nursing facility employs over a hundred people - they will be out of jobs. And the patients will have to move."

Pete Van Runkle, executive director of the Ohio Health Care Association, added, "The life-threatening consequences are real. Transfer trauma studies show conclusively that when you take frail, physically and mentally debilitated people, uproot the
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