The way the state pays for long-term care and a host of other services no longer works. Year after year, the state has made wholesale cuts in budgets because leaders have created a tax structure that is out of whack.
I’ve been a long-term care professional for more than two decades. No one gets into my line of work to get rich. Our aim is to provide our patients with the kind of care that maintains their dignity. We also strive to create a workplace that meets the needs of our employees. But these two goals are tough to achieve at a time when Medicaid reimbursement rates are falling and state funding for nursing homes is on the decline.
I don’t believe our lawmakers want to shortchange us. Bad economic times and so-called tax reforms have conspired against them, although some are co-conspirators when it comes to tax policy. The legislature has had to deal with shrinking revenues. Their response has not been to go out and find more revenue, but to cut the budgets instead.