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Monthly Allowance Increase for Nursing Home Residents

Modesett Williams - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Legislation that would raise the elderly's "monthly allowance" is in the works. On Tuesday, Nebraska's Legislature proposed a bill that would distribute more money to Medicaid beneficiaries in nursing homes. Currently, Medicaid recipients must use all but $50 a month to pay for nursing home expenses. The proposed legislation would raise that amount to a $75 personal allowance. 


Proponents of the legislation argue that the current amount of money that these elderly individuals receive is insufficient, undignified even. The aim of their petition is to raise the standards of living in nursing homes by giving the elderly more purchasing power. Lincoln Senator Colby Coash endorsed the bill, recalling the tale of a nursing home who had a Christmas tree in their lobby where the residents could write "Christmas wish lists". The nursing home residents were asking for basic necessities, such as a pair of socks, a gift certificate for a haircut, or a bottle of shampoo. It is evident, therefore, that a $50 monthly allowance does not provide what our elderly need, and thus, the proposed increase in allowance could benefit their quality of life.



For the full article, visit: www.netnebraska.org/article/news/962546/more-spending-money-medicaid-nursing-home-patient-drivers-licenses-dreamers


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