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Residents tax refunds not being used for care

Published on August 15th, 2008

McKnight’s had an article about nursing homes getting their residents to ask for tax refunds.

The article discussed how a lot of nursing home residents haven’t taken advantage of their opportunity to file for federal stimulus refund checks. That’s up to $600 each for thousands of people. In other words, a lot of money.

So CEOs of the five of the nation’s seven largest nursing home chains nudged residents into filing paperwork for their refunds. Then, the residents could turn around and give the money to some  “humane” charity. Outrageous.

The nursing home industry shows audacity in asking for this from a population that is largely on Medicaid is almost unfathomable. To think that such people—who normally receive perhaps just $50 of personal money per month from Medicaid for everything they want—are being asked to start forking over the largest lump sum they’re bound to see for a while boggles the mind.

So to the CEOs of HCR ManorCare, Kindred Healthcare, Genesis HealthCare, Golden Living and SavaSeniorCare, I say: Go ahead, urge your residents to file their paperwork and get what they have coming. Then leave them alone.

Joe Pioletti
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