Nursing Homes Fret Over FL Medicaid Cuts

If you let yourself become dependent on a government program ...


TALLAHASSEE — Medicaid rate cuts of $429 million are being floated as part of a budget-cutting exercise required by Gov. Rick Scott.

More than 60 percent of that cut — $274 million — would be shouldered by nursing homes under the proposal presented this week by the Agency for Health Care Administration.

"Two-thirds of my costs are people," said Marty Goetz, CEO of River Garden Hebrew Home in Jacksonville. "If that level of cut happens, I will have to reduce staff, salaries or hours."