County Board asks state to increase nursing home funds

Washington County officials are appealing to state representatives for additional dollars to fund shortages for nursing homes.

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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.

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Lisa Drew
Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management that she got from Cincinnati Christian University, where she graduated in 2008. After she graduated, she moved to Atlanta - Georgia and immediately started working as a human resource administrator. Now, she writes news stories for the Business & Financials, breaking news sections.

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