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Idaho Medicaid patients to share rooms at nursing home

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - A retirement home in Blackfoot is making some changes after the Department of Health and Welfare announced plans to delay Medicaid payments due to a funding shortfall.

The Willows Retirement and Assisted Living Center has decided that Medicaid patients will not be allowed private rooms. Executive director Kaddy Fyfe says the center can use the smaller rooms to bring in more private pay patients.

Fyfe says it's a permanent change because the center is uncertain what will happen with Medicaid funding in the future, the Idaho State Journal reported. The Willows has 53 clients, 40 percent of whom are on Medicaid. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare decided to delay Medicaid payments because they were $135 million short of needed funding for the 2010 fiscal year, which ends June 30.

 

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