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Hobbs amendment will increase safety at state's nursing homes


A budget amendment sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, and adopted by the Senate on Thursday clears the way for federal dollars to enter our state's underfunded nursing homes.

 "This amendment will not impact our state's budget, it will only help the residents of our state's underfunded and understaffed nursing homes," Hobbs said. "In many cases these are the most vulnerable people in our state and today I believe we did something important to help improve their lives."

 Eighty percent of residents in our state's nursing homes are on Medicaid. More than half of the state's nursing homes are enduring financial hardship due to the lasting impacts of the Great Recession. The adoption of Hobbs' amendment looks to reverse their fortune.

 "Washington's skilled nursing and assisted living community staffs are literally on the front lines of protecting our most vulnerable," Hobbs said. "Any time we can help them in any way, we must."


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