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									     to solve state financial crises,         The state Senate passed the       employer and employees.               assisted living facilities. The new
     according to association presi-        House version of the bill—            Faced with a $1.8 million           program will be open to seniors
     dent Daniel Sisto.                     H. 7331—“as amended in              deficit in 2010, management           currently enrolled in a care pro-
                                            concurrence” on June 11. The        asked to re-open the contract         gram such as PASSPORT and
     No new home-health                     moratorium on new home-care         to look for ways to save money.       seniors living in nursing homes.
     RHODE ISLAND—The Legisla-              companies would last until          The unit No. 1199 bargaining            An additional grant of
     ture in Rhode Island is looking        July 1, 2012.                       committee said it agreed to look      $410,000 will help fund the
     to put a two-year moratorium                                               at ways to save as long as the        Alzheimer’s respite and senior
     on licenses for new hospice care,      New contract for 800                agreement included job security,      volunteer programs. The fund-
     home nursing and home care             NEW YORK—About 800                  protecting wages and benefits,        ing comes from the U.S. Depart-
     providers.                             nursing home workers in             and a greater voice on the job.       ment of Aging, and will be
       A flood of new home-care             western New York ratified a                                               given to the Central Ohio Area
     providers has hit the Rhode            new four-year union contract        MIDWEST                               Agency on Aging for disbursal.
     Island marketplace since the           that guarantees no one with at      Federal grants to include AL
     Medicaid global waiver took            least 18 months of seniority will   OHIO—New federal Medicaid             SOUTHEAST
     effect, the Providence Journal         be laid off.                        grants will help cover the cost of    Number of inspectors falls
     reported. The waiver allows the          The contract at the McGuire       expanding a state-run in-home         KENTUCKY—A decrease in
     state to spend Medicaid money          facilities also allows workers to   care program to include those in      the number of nursing home
     on home- and community-based           “bump” less senior employees        assisted living facilities, accord-   inspectors could hurt residents,
     services, rather than only on          and to be recalled within the       ing to the Columbus Local News.       according to Kentuckians for
     nursing home care, in exchange         same nursing home. Other              The state will receive roughly      Nursing Home Reform, a con-
     for annual spending caps. The          provisions include preferential     $75 million in grants over the        sumer advocacy group.
     influx of new home-care compa-         hiring with seniority at other      next year to help fund its PASS-        The number of inspectors
     nies “has basically cannibalized       facilities, no wage cuts or wage    PORT program, which provides          declined to 72 this spring from
     existing long-term care opera-         givebacks, and the establishment    in-home care for seniors in eight     90 in 2005, the Lexington
     tions in this state,” said one state   of a corporate labor-manage-        central-Ohio counties. Much of        Herald-Leader newspaper
     representative during a recent         ment committee charged with         the money will go toward fund-        reported. That has occurred
     bill debate, the Journal reports.      improving relations between the     ing a new waiver for those in         even though the budget for

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