Out With The Old, In With The New Budget

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

For Diana Mahoney, crossword puzzles are a cinch compared to what she calls our puzzling state government.

She can't get over why Tallahassee's cutting nearly 190-million in medicaid funding for nursing home care.

It's money Diana depends on for the around-the-clock care and therapy her doctors say she has to have.

Mahoney says:

"Florida is a state for seniors, more and more, they move into the state daily to retire, and they need their government's support, they need their government funds."

Rep. Gayle Harrell (R) Port St. Lucie says:

"This is the most significant expenditure the state makes each and every year!"

With medicaid taking up nearly a third of the entire state budget, republican leaders say there was no way around what their critics have called 'draconian' cuts.

With every Florida nursing home in line for an average cut of around a quarter-million dollars, it's caregivers here on the front line who have to do the heavy lifting of making ends meet.

And, the weights could be about to get even heavier.

With Washington now focused on cutting its deficit, nursing home directors like Lisa McGinley are worried about federal medicaid funding being cut, too.

Ultimately, staff may have to be laid off and patients turned away, unless politicians step up.

Yes, the economy is sluggish, and yes, we have to be very financially astute, but let's not keep taxing and axing where care is essential, required and needed, and cannot be offered in any other type setting.

Care that can definitely be expensive, but here in America...

"We depend on our government!"

The question now is if government can continue to afford it.

Nursing home advocates are mounting a statewide petition campaign.

Their plan is to send a strong message to congress that federal medicaid cuts are unacceptable.


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  • by poor house on Aug 15, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    to all you republicans in denial!The current president did not create the current economy. The rich,money mongering republican politicians caused the present econmical downward spiral of the economy!Put the blame on who actually caused it! We, the united states and Florida are trying to recover from two consecutive terms of the Bush brothers! one in the presidency and one as Florida's governor. Ask yourself who profitted from the war and why they never found and took care of Osama Bin Laden until after the current president" A democrat" went into office! Nuff said....I made my point!
  • by Obamabinlyin Location: Tallahassee on Jul 3, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    According to the PB Post, 3 out of 4 nursing home residents have a primary diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Therefore, the state of FL is wasting tons of $$ institutionalizing huge numbers of Medicaid folks not requiring SKILLED NURSING CARE in a SKILLED NURSING FACILITY. I know, because my relative is in an excellent special Alzheimer's ALF, which is expensive but less so than a NH. (She's private pay, so cost WAS a factor!) I hope our wonderful cost-cutting governor will look into providing a less-expensive, more appropriate setting for many Medicaid NH patients.
  • by ednademaree Location: ca on Jul 2, 2011 at 02:26 AM
    But for many hardworking families, affordable insurance can be hard to find. The new "Penny Health" is giving you more control over your family’s health care by expanding your options for health insurance and making them more affordable.
  • by Obamabinlyin Location: Tallahassee on Jul 1, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    Our economy wouldn't be in the mess it's in--necessitating funding cuts across the board-- if our federal government/administration weren't completely corrupt and if Obama hadn't quadrupled the federal deficit in 2 years' time! We've tried socialism, and it has FAILED, as it historically always has... now it's time to return to conservatism and following the US Constitution, this country's only hope.
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      by WHAT???? on Jul 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM in reply to Obamabinlyin
      You talk of national economy and the article is about the state budget/economy. Yep...everything is Obama's fault. I hear that global warming and the swine flu was his fault too.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 at 01:09 PM in reply to Obamabinlyin
      I'm sorry, but you post must have been misplaced. This story is about Florida's budget, not the federal budget.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2011 at 05:04 AM in reply to
        B. Huessein Obama's destruction of the national economy has impacted all states. People are not going on those Florida vacations. Florida has been affected by the BHO recession.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2011 at 08:14 AM in reply to
          While I agree that Obama's policies have done nothing to help the economy and may have even prevented it from recovering faster, the problems with the economy started on Wall Street.
  • by Bollio Location: Wakulla on Jul 1, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    No. The states most vulnerable haven't been born yet. That's who pays for deficit spending and energy use. Thank you Prez Scott for preserving my grandbabies way of life.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 at 01:08 PM in reply to Bollio
      Florida doesn't have a deficit (we have a balanced budget), so our grandchildren won't be paying for what we(the state) borrows.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    We wouldn`t have a $4 billion dollar deficit if the Jeb Bush tax cuts and Scott`s tax cuts for business had been recinded. Even half of that would have been beneficial to helping the elderly & disabled. Must be part of the Fla. GOP plans to reduce expenses for the elderly and not call it a "death panel".
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      by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 at 09:05 AM in reply to
      Most of the 4 billion is not income related, it is outflow related. Look at the total budget this year and the total budget last year. There is only a 1.5 Billion difference. This means that 2.5 billion (roughly) comes from expenses that have risen (medicare/medicare for example) far beyond what the budget could handle. Not saying that the increased taxes wouldn't help, but the overall budget didn't take a 4 Billion dollar hit.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM in reply to
        Not income related? Are you kidding me? IF Scott would stop cutting the taxes of all his buddies, and expecting the state workers to make up for some of that loss, the state would have money it needs to run as it should!!
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