Sen. Baldacci celebrates state budget that includes increased funding for nursing homes
AUGUSTA — On Wednesday, the Maine Legislature passed a bipartisan state budget deal. One of the key measures included in the budget is increased funding for nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
In response, Sen. Joe Baldacci, D-Bangor, issued the following statement:
“Nursing home and assisted living facility staff were truly on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, as they struggled to find ways to keep their staff and those in their care safe, while still connected to their families and loved ones. It was a nearly impossible task, but so many rose to the occasion. While things are certainly much safer than they were a year and a half ago, we’re not completely out of the woods yet. Because of that, it only makes sense that we make sure our state’s support for nursing homes and assisted living facilities remains strong.”
The budget passed Wednesday includes critical funding to maintain emergency rate increases that support nursing facilities and the hardworking professionals who care for the residents. Maine nursing homes and senior living facilities have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will help the facilities continue to operate and care for our loved ones.
Sen. Baldacci sponsored LD 949, which maintains emergency rate increases that support nursing facilities and the hardworking professionals who care for the residents. Funding this effort also pulls down additional federal funds.
The budget deal passed in the Senate on a vote of 32-2.