Supreme Court case could curtail rights of Medicaid patients
Gorgi Talevski did not live long enough to see his case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this month. A Macedonian-born resident of Indiana, Talevski operated a crane for three decades, raised a family and loved to dance before his dementia deepened, and he died last year. But the court’s decision, expected in spring, could have profound effects for tens of millions of beneficiaries of federal safety net programs, including those that provide health care, housing, education services and heating aid.
Indiana case – now at the Supreme Court — could impact millions of vulnerable Americans
A public health agency argues that nursing home patients shouldn’t be able to sue the facilities for civil rights violations As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in an Indiana case that could have national implications for millions of Americans participating in federal safety net programs, pressure is mounting locally for the […]
Home care is a lifeline for people with disabilities. Demise of Build Back Better means fewer will receive it.
In high school, while my classmates were away on college visits, I toured nursing homes. Even though I was just 18, I was informed that I would soon be living in one. It was true: Barely into my 20s, I was moved to a nursing home where my roommates were elderly Alzheimer patients. During my […]
Biden mandates vaccines in nursing homes, admonishes GOP governors on school masks
WASHINGTON — Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars, the Biden administration announced Wednesday in a major move on vaccinations as the delta variant sweeps many states. President Joe Biden at a press conference also criticized Republican governors who have prohibited […]
Class-action lawsuit claims that understaffing was part of Salisbury nursing home’s business model
Plaintiffs claim they were not given their medicines, staff ignored calls for assistance A new class-action lawsuit brought against the Citadel Salisbury nursing home claims that chronic understaffing endangered the health and safety of its residents. The Citadel Salisbury was the site of the largest COVID-19 outbreak in a North Carolina congregant care facility early in the pandemic.
In ad, Elmcroft Senior Living tries to profit from COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked a great deal of unseemly behavior in many places, but as Adam Searing of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families pointed out in a weekend tweet, a national senior living chain may have just taken the cake. Oregon-based Eclipse Senior Living manages facilities in 25 […]
COVID-19 positive cases, deaths increase at NC nursing homes, including one staff member
The number of deaths related to COVID-19 in North Carolina nursing homes has increased by 57%, according to May 1 data from the NC Department of Health and Human Services. One hundred ninety-eight people have died in these facilities, including one staff member at Pinehurst Health Care and Rehab in Moore County. Meanwhile, the number of […]
Family member says aunt died at Citadel of COVID-19 but he found out from the funeral home
This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. with comment from Accordius, which owns the Citadel. In early April, the Citadel, a poorly rated nursing facility in Salisbury, called Ronald Barber to inform him that a resident had tested positive for the new coronavirus and had been sent to Rowan Novant hospital. It wasn’t his 98-year-old […]
Among nursing homes, lowest-rated facilities account for most COVID-19 cases, deaths
Three nursing homes rated as “much below average” by federal regulators have the largest number of COVID-19 cases, according to data released yesterday afternoon by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. These one-star facilities also are in the top five for reported deaths in North Carolina from the coronavirus. The Citadel at Salisbury, also […]
Lawsuit: Once “lucid and vibrant,” Citadel nursing home resident gravely ill with COVID-19 because of substandard care
Ms. Garvin died on the evening of April 27, five days after this story was published. Marjorie Fuller Garvin, 96 years old, was “lucid and vibrant” when her family and caretakers decided to place her at the Citadel of Salisbury in February. For $11,000 a month, paid by the family, not Medicare, Garvin was “assured she […]
Gov. Cooper issues new orders and recommendations on social distancing, long-term care, unemployment insurance
It’s hard to imagine that Gov. Cooper, HHS Secretary Cohen or any of their staff members are getting much sleep these days. The administration has been a veritable beehive of activity in recent weeks that’s produced a truly astounding torrent of information and directives. This afternoon has been no different. Here’s the latest release: Governor […]
U.S. House vote on ACA repeal and Medicaid matters to me
The first brief in the Medicaid Matters series aims to raise awareness and understanding as to why Medicaid is important not only to nearly 75 million Medicaid beneficiaries across the U.S., but to all North Carolinians. While I am passionate about the work I do as part of the Health Advocacy Project, there is a very personal reason why […]