Study: Medicaid Programs Underfunding Nursing Care

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A new study released today finds that Medicaid programs in states across the country underfunded nursing facility care by $5.6 billion in 2010, paying on average $7.17 per hour per patient, less than the nation’s current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. A lifeline for many elderly and disabled, Medicaid funds 64 percent of the care provided in America’s skilled nursing facilities nationally.

The following charts highlight the states with the largest aggregate Medicaid underfunding and largest per patient per day underfunding:

Largest aggregate Medicaid underfunding

New York – $1,396,494,595
Illinois – $378,779,709
Massachusetts – $310,871,237
New Jersey – $304,430,314
California – $288,599,289
Pennsylvania – $277,609,403
Ohio – $248,513,290
Wisconsin – $181,237,562
Minnesota – $151,611,752
Missouri – $137,412,649

Largest Medicaid per patient day underfunding:

New York – $47.95
New Hampshire – $31.25
Massachusetts – $31.22
New Jersey – $29.29
Washington – $28.18
Wisconsin – $26.54
Minnesota – $24.70
Wyoming – $23.67
Delaware – $22.86
Illinois – $21.95

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