Tell New York State To Invest In Medicaid To Support Care For Our Seniors

Tell New York State to support our seniors by increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate by 20% for nursing homes like Wesley Health Care Center. Why is Wesley Health Care Center, along with a coalition of other non-profit nursing homes across New York State, asking for this increase?

  • New York State has gone 15 years without increasing its Medicaid rates for nursing homes. Additionally, New York State is reimbursing nursing homes based on 2007 costs despite the fact that inflation has increased by 42% during that time.
  • During the pandemic, 26 states increased Medicaid funding while 23 others maintained their funding at current levels. Only one state reduced reimbursement rates: New York State. By contrast, Pennsylvania increased Medicaid rates by 17.5% and New Jersey and California each by 10%.
  • Approximately 75% of the nursing home residents at Wesley Health Care Center are funded by Medicaid. On average, Wesley is reimbursed $106 less than it costs to deliver care per day, per Medicaid resident. This adds up to underfunding of more than $8.5 million per year.
  • Rampant inflationary pressures have driven many long-term care providers across New York State to the brink of closure. Recently, Wesley had to close two units for the first time in our history due to a lack of staffing to care for residents the way we believe is the right way – with dignity, support, quality, and compassion. This equates to 88 beds that are not available to care for residents out of the 342 for which Wesley is licensed.
  • We continue to invest in our staff with the limited resources we do have, however, the funding New York State’s Medicaid system provides is simply not enough to keep pace. In just the last two years, our labor costs have increased by more than 16%.
  • New York State’s lack of support impacts not only long-term care but also our hospital systems who cannot discharge patients who would have traditionally gone to a nursing home after their hospital stay. This puts pressure on the entire system, backing up Emergency Rooms and limiting available beds for inpatient care.

View this quick fact sheet for more details on Why A Nursing Home Medicaid Rate Increase Is Needed Now.

You can help in two ways right now:

1 – Take Action Now! You Can Help by Sending a Message To NYS Governor Kathy Hochul:

Our New York State Association, Leading Age, has setup some easy links with pre-written copy included for you to email Governor Kathy Hochul directly. Please click on the link below to send an email requesting funding for New York State’s seniors who need nursing home care:

I am a Wesley Health Care Center Resident

I am (or We are) a Wesley Health Care Center Resident Family

I am a Wesley Staff Member

I am a Wesley Health Care Center Constituent/Stakeholder

2 – Contact Your Legislator

You can find your NYS Senator here – Find My Senator | NY State Senate (nysenate.gov)

You can find your NYS Assembly Representative here – Assembly Member Search | New York State Assembly

More Details:

For more details on this advocacy effort and how it impacts Wesley directly, please read this Stakeholder Letter Asking For Your Support from our CEO Brian Nealon.

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