Contact Your Legislators

May 23, 2018

On May 22, 2018, the Louisiana Legislature began the Special Legislative Session. It is imperative for all sides to work together to complete a budget for the next state fiscal year that protects the elderly. We must urge legislators to protect the more than 15,000 nursing facility residents who qualify for the Medicaid Long Term Care Special Income Level Program Eligibility Group. The elimination of this program means residents would lose their Medicaid eligibility overnight which would lead to the closure of most, if not all, nursing facilities. 

Please encourage your staff, colleagues, vendors and family members to call and email their legislators urging them to protect Louisiana's elderly and disabled. The phone calls are making a significant impact. Click here to find your legislators' contact information. (The item will download as a Word document for your convenience. Even if you responded previously, act immediately as budget decisions are being discussed.

Complete the form to contact your legislators and emphasize the seriousness of this cut and the impact it will have on your facilities and the residents who depend on the care you provide. Thank you for your concern and participation at this critical time in our profession.


May 9, 2018

Louisiana’s proposed state budget includes a devastating cut that eliminates the Medicaid Long Term Care Special Income Level Program Eligibility Group, which provides healthcare services for approximately 80% of nursing facility residents. These Medicaid recipients can expect a letter later this week announcing that, as of July 1, 2018, they will no longer qualify for their current Medicaid coverage. Once they're declared ineligible by the state, they will have to be discharged from their nursing facility overnight, leaving their families to scramble to find other housing options and the vital healthcare services that they require to continue to live. And, unfortunately for many nursing facility residents, there are no other options. In addition, most nursing facilities will be forced to close, which will restrict access to all residents and leave more than 25,000 Louisianans unemployed.

The Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) is continuing to work closely with our members, residents, families and staff to identify next steps for those who will be affected by these unimaginable cuts.

This is not the time to take sides in a political debate. We are not concerned with politics, but with the health, safety and livelihood of tens of thousands of Louisiana’s elderly who will be hurt. On behalf of our residents, families and staff, we are hopeful that our elected officials will soon restore these cuts.

Please continue to send messages through VoterVoice and call your representatives and senators; you can find their contact information in this Word document

April 27, 2018

Nursing Facilities in Crisis: 
31,000 Residents Denied Access To Care

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has testified that May 1, 2018, is the target date to send letters to Medicaid residents notifying them that on July 1, 2018, their Medicaid eligibility will be denied due to the elimination of the Medicaid Long Term Care Special Income Level Program Eligibility Group. If the program is eliminated, this would kick tens of thousands of residents out of their nursing facilities overnight.

We must increase our advocacy efforts and voice our strong opposition to this devastating cut. There are cuts to other health care programs in the budget and legislators are hearing from many associations and companies; we must be the loudest voice! Please continue to send messages through VoterVoice and call your representatives and senators; you can find their contact information in this Word document. When family members and residents begin asking questions, I suggest that you provide them with the contact information of their senator and representative and have them call and voice their dismay.

I encourage you and your staff not only to email these lawmakers through the VoterVoice alert but to also use the Word document linked above to call their offices and voice your grave concern. Legislators must protect the elderly and stop the elimination of this program. The impact is great and the ripple effect broad.Please do everything you can to spread this message. To learn more about this cut, read the post below. 

Click here to take action and let your voice be heard.


April 2018

These cuts have passed the House floor and are being considered in the Senate. The drastic cuts that LNHA previously alerted you to are still being considered. 

As a reminder, the proposed SFY 2018/19 budget eliminates the Medicaid Long Term Care Special Income Level Program Eligibility Group. According to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), this program provides Medicaid eligibility for approximately 80% of Medicaid residents receiving care in nursing facilities. If this cut is enacted, any resident with an income greater than $750 per month would no longer qualify for Medicaid. According to LDH, last year 31,000 nursing facility residents qualified for Medicaid nursing facility services through this program. The elimination of this program would force these senior and disabled residents out of Louisiana's nursing facilities overnight which would lead to the closure of most, if not all, nursing facilities.

Even if you responded previously, act immediately as budget considerations are still being made. Click the link below to contact your legislators and emphasize the seriousness of this cut and the impact it will have on your facilities and the residents who depend on the care you provide.

Click here to take action and let your voice be heard.

Please send this message to your staff, colleagues, vendors, and family members and encourage them to contact their legislators. Thank you for your concern and participation at this critical time in our profession.

Sincerely,

Mark Berger, Executive Director
Louisiana Nursing Home Association



   

 

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