Washington County officials are appealing to state representatives for additional dollars to fund shortages for nursing homes.
Supervisors voted to approve a resolution during Tuesday’s County Board meeting petitioning the state to increase nursing home medical funding to address a nearly $1.5 million deficit during fiscal year 2015-16 associated with caring for residents.
The measure passed without discussion amongst supervisors who attended Tuesday’s gathering, but prior to the vote, members of the Executive Committee deliberated about the topic extensively as part of their regular monthly meeting June 29.
“How many do we have on Medicaid?” Supervisor Mark McCune asked his colleagues during Executive Committee.
Supervisor Michael Bassill, who chairs the Health, Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, said about
10 percent of residents at the Samaritan Campus have private insurance, and that is creating budgetary issues when staff and administrators are attempting to balance the numbers for each cycle.
Nancy Faber turns to see a light activated outside a resident’s room indicating they need assistance March 10 at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend. Faber has been a Certified Nurse Assistant at Samaritan since 1977. “I am here to help people do the things they can’t do,” said Faber.