Lawmaker Expects Action On Nursing Home Issue This Session

Several bills have been introduced in the South Dakota legislature to avoid a funding crisis for nursing homes. Several have shut in the past few years, and more could follow due to low Medicaid payments. Senator Craig Kennedy says something will happen this year
“I can’t predict where it’s going to go. The only thing I can say with any certainty is we’re going to do something, I’m just not sure what form it or shape will take.”
Kennedy is a co-sponsor of a bill that would use a combination of state and federal money for a onetime eighteen million dollar payment…
“That’s not gonna solve the problem long term, but you also have to look at the situation short term. We’ve got nursing homes closing, we need to try and do what we can to stop that, because it may take a while to build to the long term solutions, we gotta deal with short term problems also.”
Governor Kristi Noem talked about a five million dollar plan and changes in payment schedules, but hasn’t introduced a bill yet.