Trumbull Delegation Ask Governor to Stop Devastating Nursing Home Cuts

Posted on August 9, 2019 by jdooley


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TRUMBULL- State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134), David Rutigliano (R-123) and Ben McGorty (R-122) are requesting that Governor Ned Lamont rescind his recent budget cuts to the Connecticut nursing homes, these cuts are effecting many Trumbull facilities, notably St. Joseph’s Center in Trumbull. 
 
All three of the Trumbull State House Delegation opposed the state budget with these nursing home cuts in June. The language in the budget limits reductions to 2% but if nursing home facilities (1) do not meet the minimum 70 percent occupancy rate requirement utilizing 2018 cost reports, under other circumstances some facilities will see cuts in excess of 2%, some as high as 15%. 
 
“I did not support the budget that contained these devastating cuts. I call on the governor to revisit these cuts to our nursing homes immediately. These cuts only end up hurting our most vulnerable citizens” said Rep. Rutigliano. “State officials should be working with state nursing homes with low occupancy and quality ratings and help them correct these issues before being crushed with dramatic cuts.”
 
Unfortunately, the state budget was put together without considering the real-world consequences to Connecticut residents. Harmful budget cuts like this nursing home cut and a laundry list of new tax hikes leave many wondering how can they afford to stay in the state,” said Rep. Devlin. “I encourage the governor to stop these cuts.”
 
“This is another flawed state budget produced by the majority party,” said Rep. McGorty. “The budget isn’t balanced and it goes after seniors on fixed incomes. I think it’s time for the Governor and the majority party to rethink their budget priorities.”