Several nursing homes across our state have closed their doors over the last several years and the possibility of seeing more follow suit has led to several bills being introduced in the current session of the South Dakota Legislature.
District 18 Senator Craig Kennedy says he has co-sponsored a bill that would use one-time state and federal funds to help nursing homes financially until a long-term solution can be found.
District 18 Representative Jean Hunhoff says lawmakers need to work towards a permanent funding solution for nursing homes and other community-based providers.
District 18 Representative Ryan Cwach says the cost of lengthy stays in nursing homes can be a significant burden to families.
During her budget address Governor Kristi Noem called for several one-time spending proposals including three-point eight million dollars for Medicaid providers and five million dollars in nursing home grants.