Medicaid ax hangs over state’s frailest

Estimates say if cuts occur, 15,000 stand to lose nursing-home care

Posted: December 16, 2012 at 3:49 a.m.

Jeanne (left), 71, who doesn’t want her last name used, suffers from a number of ailments and lives alone in North Little Rock. She is dependent on her caregiver, Tracy Armstrong (right), and the regular nursing visits paid for by Medicaid.

Nursing homes across Arkansas will close if the state eliminates Medicaid funding for Level 3 nursing care, Department of Human Services officials, advocates and nursing-home industry officials say.

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