Nursing Home Bed-Tax is Close to Becoming Official in One State

Legislators in one state have approved a new tax on nursing home beds that's aimed at securing additional federal funds for the homes. The House approved the bill Tuesday on an 86-33 vote, sending it to the governor of the state. The Senate had passed the bill already the week prior.

The governor is expected to sign the bill because the federal funds it would attract would offset previous budget cuts. The measure would impose a tax of up to $1,950 a year on each nursing home bed, raising about $30 million. The federal government would then provide an additional $56 million in Medicaid funds available to the nursing homes. The end result would be that the $30 million tax and the $56 million of additional medicaid funding would then all be distributed back towards nursing home care. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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