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Louisiana to evict 30,000 elderly from nursing homes because Medicaid ran out

The state Finance Chair is worried the move makes them look “heartless.” Ya think?

The Louisiana state House of Representatives just passed a new budget that will cause more than 30,000 elderly people to lose Medicaid and be evicted from their nursing homes. The eviction notices are scheduled to go out this week.

A Department of Health spokesman, Bob Johannessen, talks about the changes:

“The Louisiana Department of Health is beginning the process of notifying all impacted enrollees that some people may lose their Medicaid eligibility. The goal of the department is to give notice to all affected people as soon as possible in order that they begin developing their appropriate plans.”

The problem stems from the newly passed budget which cuts healthcare by over $500 million dollars due to a loss of one-cent sales tax in June. The expiring tax added $880 million to the Louisiana budget.

The cuts to healthcare won’t just be felt by the elderly, either. Lafayette General hospital has already sent out word to its 800 employees that the medical center will have to close. Other hospitals are expected to be similarly affected and some 25,000 jobs in the assisted living industry will be cut as well.

Louisiana Senate Finance Chair is worried as well, but not so much about the plight of the state’s elderly, “This makes us look heartless,” he said. Glad to see he has his priorities are in the right place.

Read more about the evictions, “Nursing home eviction notices to be sent Thursday” written by Greg Hilburn and posted by News Star on May 7, 2018.

I am so sorry for your loss. In a civilized society this would not be an issue.

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Elle49: Exactly! My family is going through this as we try to keep mother in a facility. The facility is trying to qualify her for Medicaid thus she went thru a conservatorship hearing or rather I did re she is unable to function properly now w/dementia. There was no attempt on our part to sign her assets over to other family members as Slumlord87 suggested. We are not in La. tho we will see how this plays out as Genesis is attempting to qualify her for Medicaid which then covers her nursing home care. I kept her at home as long as I could but her condition became too complicated finally for me to handle. She’s 89.
As CriticalThinker questioned, what other options are there? At this point, we have already attempted to utilize all options that were available to us ie inhome care, etc.

Although I agree with most of what TerryTolkin stated in the response, much was misrepresented and/or left out which helps explain the serious financial picture in Louisiana. Our state, Louisiana has been the VICTIM of REPUBLICAN governance for many years now. Yes, we elected a Democrat to help the state out of a deep financial hole that a ultra-conservative Republican twice elected Bobby Jindal put the state in because of gimmickry budget fixes, stealing from rainy day funds, raiding agency savings accounts to shore up his budgets to make them look balanced when they were not. In effect, Jindal, along with the votes of the Republican held legislature year after year whittled away nearly all the states ability to generate income by cutting corporate income tax to nearly zero, giving huge tax cuts to the very wealthy, then added tax give aways and rebates to big oil, the many Koch Bros. industries in the state and other major corporate entities. Gov. Edwards has managed to get the Republican legislature to pass minimal temporary sales tax hikes but the Republican legislature has halted ANY real reform needed to role back the corporate welfare and re-institute the corporate tax rates that were applied in the state pre-Jindal administration. The state has also lost much of the revenue from offshore oil since the the price of oil has dropped. The state's flagship university LSU 's heralded School of Petroleum Engineering remains on the verge of loosing it accreditation because the legislature greatly reduced funding to public education. Charter schools run by businessmen, take money to operate schools, open the doors, then walk away with the money, close the schools and the children have to return to the public schools which have lost a significant portions of their funding to the charter school scam! But what few realize is a MAJOR DRAIN on the treasury each year in Louisiana is not the spending on necessary services, it is a HUGE retirement package the legislature (not regular retired state employees) gave themselves and continue to up each legislative session. It is estimated that about 1/5 of the entire outlay of expenditures for the state go to RETIRED LEGISLATORS (in the form of pension and perks!!!!) - not education, not the elderly, not children, not food stamps but RETIRED LEGISLATORS!!!!!

Here’s where FEMA camps are going to be used. First with the elderly and homeless. They’ll be locked up and taken care of. Who’s going to try to save them? ........then they’ll come for you.

Is there any way for these people, any one of them, to get up to Illinois? I have a spareroom!! I am willing to share my home!! Dose anyone knows if there's someone I can get ahold of to discuss this further!!

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