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State Medicaid cuts to seniors would have strong impact locally

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Dear Editor:

As the director at Castle Manor Supportive Living in Lincoln, I am speaking out on behalf of my staff, my residents and the families whose loved ones reside at my facility, regarding the governor's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal of over $140 million in Medicaid cuts to seniors in nursing homes and supportive living facilities. These proposed cuts are aimed directly at our sickest, oldest and most frail residents who depend on Medicaid assistance.

Additionally, as an important employer in our community, these cuts would force us to make very real considerations at reducing our staff at a time when having a job in our community for financial support is vitally important.

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My staff, our residents and their families will all be affected by these cuts, and we are standing strong to urge the governor and the Illinois General Assembly to reject these draconian cuts and protect Medicaid funding for nursing homes and supportive living facilities.


Tim Searby
Castle Manor Supportive Living

[Posted April 22, 2011]

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