NURSING HOMES RECEIVE NEEDED FUNDING
Recently, our nursing homes began receiving new funding that was allocated by the legislature this year. It was money that was critically needed, and yet if not for the persistence of Republicans in the legislature, it would not be there.
At one point during the 2023 session, with a $20 billion surplus, all the House Democrat majority wanted to offer nursing homes was $3.9 million in new funding. Republican pressure made this new nursing home funding happen, and while it’s not enough to completely address the nursing home crisis, I am pleased we took a step in the right direction.
Inflation and increased operating costs, pay challenges with wages rising faster than what had been budgeted, and a workforce shortage have caused many nursing homes to operate at less than full capacity, and in some cases close. Many nursing homes have also been forced to take out loans in order to make ends meet, and now they are at the point where they can no longer receive credit.
A $300 million nursing home funding package passed the House unanimously last session. Over half of the funds, $173 million, went to direct payments to nursing homes. Here’s how local facilities fared from this legislation:
Mayo Clinic Health System, Lake City:
- Total Payment: $586,486
- August 1, 2023: $293,243
- August 1, 2024: $293,243
Bay View Nursing and Rehab Center, Red Wing:
- Total Payment: $980,142
- August 1, 2023: $490,07
- August 1, 2024: $490,071
St. Crispin Living Community, Red Wing:
- Total Payment: $482,057
- August 1, 2023: $241,028
- August 1, 2024: $241,028
St Elizabeths Medical Center, Wabasha:
- Total Payment: $626,651
- August 1, 2023: $313,326
- August 1, 2024: $313,326