Elderly might be homeless
POSTED: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 5:08am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 5:24pm
Democratic lawmakers denounced the latest version of the state budget, saying it would close 50 percent of the state's nursing homes. It could leave 43,700 elderly and disabled people without a facility to live in. Lawmakers have been struggling to find a solution to a state budget shortfall estimated to be at least $15 billion. Republicans have pledged to cut state spending and not raise revenues. A proposal working its way through the House Appropriations committee this week would cut state Medicaid spending by 33 percent. The elderly and disabled take up 59 percent of Medicaid spending in Texas and much of it goes to nursing homes. Other Medicaid programs that help the elderly stay at home would be cut 40 percent. Republican leaders have repeatedly said that the state is broke and that difficult budget cuts are necessary.