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Oklahoma Voters Narrowly OK Medicaid Expansion

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On Tuesday, voters approved the ballot measure that amended the state’s constitution to make it possible for the Medicaid program to provide health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income residents. Support for the effort was concentrated in the state’s urban areas, while rural voters largely opposed it.

Nursing Homes Begin To Relax Isolation Rules, Allow Residents To Have Outdoor Visits

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Senior facilities have been hit the hardest by COVID, forcing a 3-month long isolation for most residents. Now, things are easing up in some states where facilities are beginning to set standards for outdoor visits. News on nursing homes is from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana, as well.

Number Of Medicaid Enrollees Jumps; Help May Be On Way For ‘Dual-Eligibles’

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State officials say their budgets may not be able to handle the number of people enrolling in Medicaid after losing their jobs and health benefits. Meanwhile, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission urges Congress to loosen enrollment restrictions for people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Survey: Thousands Of Nursing Homes Went Without ‘Vital’ In-Person Checks On Safety Measures

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The failure, Politico reports, prevented states from identifying lapses at a crucial time during the pandemic and blocking family members from visiting their relatives — a policy intended to prevent the virus from entering the facility — removed another source of accountability. News on nursing homes is from New York, Louisiana and Michigan, as well.

CMS Goes On Defense As Finger Pointing Over Nursing Home Deaths Begins

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CMS Administrator Seema Verma says that federal guidelines helped curb the outbreak in nursing homes. But advocates have been critical from the start that the government hasn’t done enough to protect vulnerable residents. Nursing homes news comes out of Texas and Oklahoma, as well.

Report: Many Nursing Homes’ Staff Described As Inadequate, Unprepared For Work Brought On By Pandemic

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A Reuters analysis of CMS data shows about a quarter of nursing homes responding to a federal survey reported shortages of direct-care staff during at least one of the last two weeks in May. News on nursing facilities also reports on complaints about FEMA-provided protective gear, a disputed timeline of warnings about the Holyoke Soldiers Home outbreak and the staff’s role in spreading the virus at a VA Center.

Report Notes Neglect, Mistakes Made By For-Profit Vermont Nursing Home Where 11 Died

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More than 40% of the coronavirus fatalities in the U.S. are tied to nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The New York Times investigates what went wrong at the Burlington (Vermont) Health & Rehab Center. Other news on nursing homes comes from Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Texas, Louisiana and Nevada, as well.

Nursing Homes With Bad Track Records Eye Financial Incentives To Take In COVID Patients

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Advocates say that the generous government incentives designed to help patients who are recovering from COVID-19 will only serve to expose more elderly people to some of the factors that led to nearly 26,000 deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic. For example, eight of 20 nursing homes in Michigan selected by the state government to build wings for coronavirus-positive patients are currently rated as “below average” or “much below average.” Meanwhile, CMS says it will fine nursing homes weekly for not submitting outbreak data.