The homes agreed last legislative session to a 150 percent increase in provider taxes as a way to increase the federal
They felt double-crossed.
The providers already were struggling because of the state's huge backlog in processing
Because of these delays, many homes are having trouble paying their bills and making payroll, said
"It has gotten to a crisis stage," she said.
The backlog also harms low-income seniors. Because some of the nursing homes are owed so much funding already from the state, they can't afford to admit new residents who are caught in the application backlog.
"Real people, real communities are getting hurt," Zehr said.
LeadingAge wrote the federal
It has yet to hear back. But the providers did receive strong support from state lawmakers at a hearing last month of a
Brownback also proposed reversing the cuts. To do that, he wants to increase the provider tax on hospitals, but the
And after what happened to nursing homes, who could blame hospitals if they don't trust Brownback and the state?
"We trusted the state had the best interest of
No wonder they are so upset.
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