Nursing home residents talk about budget cuts

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Thursday thousands of people living in Louisiana nursing homes could get an eviction notice.

The Department of Health is sending out letters to people who may no longer qualify for certain Medicaid programs, this includes people living in nursing homes.    

Bettie Lanier says, “It would be a disaster if they did. I think because people don’t have any place else to go.  I don’t know what they’d do and it would be sad for that to happen.”

This comes after the Louisiana House passed a budget plan that cuts $1.8 billion from the Department of Health.

Maudie Robinson has been living at Garden Park for three years and depends on the nursing home’s rehabilitation services.

“Look at me now and see that I can walk.  I’m able to talk and I’m able to pick up and use my hands now.”

The cuts would affect several groups, including disabled seniors and those who are low income who need long term care in a facility or at home.

Lanier and her twin sister both live at Garden Park.  If the Senate passes the House budget plan “as is” many of her friends could be out of a place to live. She has a message for lawmakers.

 “I would like to tell them please cut somewhere else and not the nursing homes, because I know there are other places they can cut.”

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