Nursing homes score in House budget plan


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COLUMBUS – Ohio’s nursing home industry, traditionally one of the most generous in the state when it comes to political donations, scored a lucrative victory in the revised budget that House Democrats proposed this week.

Extra money for nursing homes in the House budget makes them eligible for more federal money, negating a large fee increase the governor had proposed in his earlier budget – all for an industry that has lavished political donations in recent years, records show.

The House plan adds $33.5 million in new state money to the $40 million Gov. Ted Strickland had budgeted for nursing homes’ capital expenditures. That extra money qualifies nursing homes for about $160 million in new federal Medicaid funds.

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