Legislators make change to snag $20 million in federal money for nursing homes
Lawmakers are readjusting how they’re spending $10 million to take advantage of a two-to-one federal match.
Lawmakers initially wanted to target that $10 million to nursing homes that take on more Medicaid-eligible residents.
Instead, they’re appropriating the $10 million evenly to nursing homes. That will bring in $20 million in federal funding.
Republican state Sen. Jean Hunhoff says the money is a significant payment to nursing homes.
“What that will do is put 30 million out there that will go directly to long-term care facilities that have Medicaid beds,” Hunhoff says. “It will increase their rate from July 1 of 2021 to June 30, 2022, by 20.3 percent.”
Hunhoff says each nursing home will receive roughly $300,000. That number depends on how many Medicaid beds each home has.
Nursing homes can spend the one-time money how they see fit.