State bill underway to improve nursing home care

State bill underway to improve nursing home care

Not that there is a shortage of space or poor conditions for those in nursing homes in Highlands County, but more beds and upgrades in nursing facilities could become available if a proposed state bill passes.

A moratorium enacted in 2001 on adding nursing home beds through a “Certificate of Need” process is scheduled to expire Oct. 1, when a move to a statewide Medicaid managed-care program is finished.

March 27, the state House passed the HB 287 bill 116-0, helping pave the way for more nursing home beds and updating aging facilities locally and statewide.

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