GENESEO, N.Y., Feb. 17, 2023 – Livingston County is urging New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to raise the daily Medicaid rate paid to nursing homes to align with current costs.
With a number of nursing homes and rehabilitation centers closing across New York State due to rising costs and financial struggles along with increased governmental regulations caused by COVID-19, the need to be reimbursed a percentage based on today’s rates has become imperative to being able to provide critical, high-quality care.
Currently, Medicaid represents the predominate payer for care representing roughly 75 percent of all resident days. With the exception of a one percent increase in 2022, the daily Medicaid rate paid to nursing homes in New York State has not been increased since 2008 despite rising costs and historic inflation rates.
“The Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is a pillar in our community that has provided outstanding long-term care to our residents for decades,” said David L. LeFeber, Chair of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors. “We respectfully ask that Governor Hochul increase the daily Medicaid rate to align with today’s costs, which will continue to allow facilities across the state to provide critical services.”
Without proper reimbursement levels, facilities throughout the state will find it more difficult to pay competitive wages needed to retain and attract skilled staff, which in turn can have a negative impact on the quality of care provided. Additionally, increased costs may hinder the development of newer programs and initiatives designed to meet evolving healthcare needs.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.