She opted to remain close to home and chose to live at
"I'd be homeless if I didn't have it," Frye said. "It pays for most of my nursing home care, and I could not afford to pay for the full cost of my care." Frye's
Frye isn't alone. Medicaid pays for 63 percent of all nursing home care in the state, according to data from the
Even though the
And despite the lack of needed votes, worry remains because cutting Medicaid spending is a theme in both the
With less federal funding, states would be forced to either assume more of the costs or scale back services.
Many have speculated that the elderly and disabled, who drive a majority of the spending in the program, would be disproportionately targeted in an effort to reduce spending at the state level.
"Even if you cut kids (off Medicaid), you're not going to save that much. Where we're spending the money is on the disabled and elderly," said
Nursing home operators such as
"It would have a pretty significant impact on us," Doerhoff said of the
About 45 percent of StoneBridge patients rely on Medicaid, he said.
It's a real fear that some of these facilities, especially smaller ones, would close, said
"They're the economic engine for rural communities," Strong said of nursing homes. She said
States are also looking to trim Medicaid spending, another concern for patients and providers.
Medicaid payments don't cover the full cost of the care provided in the nursing homes, Doerhoff said. They fall short by about
"The population that we serve, they've typically worked all their life, and they have outlived their financial resources," Doerhoff said. Many have spent all that they have left on health care and use
"I am scared to death because Medicaid picks up the cost of what her
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