Nursing home workers and residents rally for additional funding at State House

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Massachusetts nursing home residents, workers and administrators are urging lawmakers to support increasing funding.

They rallied at the State House in Boston to draw attention to the need for additional funding and a worker shortage.

The Massachusetts Senior Care Association said the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth, under-funds each resident’s care by $37 each day.

A nursing home that takes care of a high population of people on Medicaid loses that money and is unable to pay its workers.

“We have a state government that mandates an $11 an hour minimum wage,” Matt Salmon explained, “while on average they pay a nursing home $8.33 an hour to take care of someone who’s on Medicaid.”

Angela Peary, a rehab resident fom Chelsea told 22News “People are suffering on the staff that don’t have enough money.”

The group is hoping the state will approve funding to support the state’s more than 60,000 direct care workers.

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