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Medicaid cut amounts to elderly tax, official says

February 4, 2011 in The Daily Republic

A local elderly care official thinks proposed state cuts to Medicaid funding will adversely affect long-term care and amount to a tax on the elderly.
Veronnica Smith, administrator of Avera Brady Health and Rehab and Avera Brady Assisted Living in Mitchell, said she understands Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s budget reduction goals. But she thinks the proposed across-the-board cuts of at least 10 percent to all state programs would disproportionately affect the elderly in long-term care programs, and force nursing home providers to make up budget shortfalls by charging higher rates to private-pay patients.
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