Kansas: Latest round of budget cuts strikes Medicaid

Share this article:
Gov. Mark Parkinson
Gov. Mark Parkinson

Gov. Mark Parkinson (D) sliced $259 million more from the state budget in late November. Medicaid reimbursements were cut by 10%.

It marks the latest in a series of reductions made to the budget as the state continues to wrestle with declining tax revenue. The 2010 budget runs through June.

Nursing homes already are struggling with a freeze on Medicaid rates this fiscal year, noted Debra Zehr, president and CEO of the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Nursing homes soon may have to trim staffing, wages or benefits. They also likely will raise the rates for private residents.

“I think many [members] feel they have already have cut as much as they can without actually going into the things that affect quality of care,” Zehr said.
Share this article:

More in News

Rape investigation blocked by nursing home's HIPAA concerns, authorities say ...

Florida authorities say a nursing home is citing privacy laws to impede the investigation of a possible resident rape, according to local news reports.

Jury hands down $14 million negligent care verdict to 'send message' to nursing homes

Jury hands down $14 million negligent care verdict ...

A Massachusetts jury has awarded $14 million to the family of a nursing home resident who died due to a pressure ulcer, dehydration and other conditions linked to negligent care, ...

CCRC executive director salaries hold steady, therapy directors get boost

Continuing care retirement community executive director salaries have barely increased in the past year, while therapy and rehabilitation directors received a boost, a new report shows. The average salary for a therapy and rehab director is currently $95,905.