As far as the bureaucrats are concerned, nursing home residents in Erie County live in the country and nursing home residents in Ottawa County live in the big city. Under the theory that nursing homes in urban areas cost more, the state gives higher Medicaid payments to Ottawa County nursing homes than nursing homes in Erie County.
And current funding amounts are set to be cut.
Local nursing home administrators complained Thursday to the Erie County Commissioners about what they consider an unjust situation. That policy results in fewer nursing home jobs in Erie County and hurts the quality of care, they said.