Increased Nursing Home Funding 27 Feb 13

A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers who want to increase state funding to nursing homes say failing to do so means more long-term care facilities will close. A group of House and Senate members unveiled their proposal Tuesday. It calls for boosting state nursing home reimbursements by $56-million over the next two years, which would be a substantial increase over the $382-million the state gave to nursing homes in 2012. Lawmakers from both parties say nursing homes in their districts are struggling to stay afloat even as demand for their services increases due to an aging state population. Nursing homes are the largest employer in many towns in Greater Minnesota, and outstate lawmakers say that state spending on them is an investment in jobs.