Bill to Increase Funding for Nursing Homes


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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
At any one time over 110 thousand Californians are receiving care in nursing homes. But many homes are run down and near bankruptcy due to under funding. Legislation now pending at the Capitol would require each nursing home to pay six per cent of its net revenue as a special fee that will trigger an additional 250 million dollars in federal matching funds. Jim Gomez, who heads the nursing home owners association, says new funds mean caregiver salaries can be raised. CUT: Gomez11 :11 The combined total of new federal money and the new self-assessment fee will be about 500 million dollars a year. With no known opposition, the measure is expected to be approved by the legislature later this month. SOC