Do state leaders need to provide more financial support to Rhode Island’s ailing nursing home industry?

IF THE STATE does not intervene, Charlesgate Nursing Center in Providence will become the sixth nursing home in Rhode Island to close since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Above, Carolyn Clark, a certified nursing assistant, speaks in support of state intervention outside Charlesgate on May 4. COURTESY SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION 1199 NEW ENGLAND
The 120-bed Charlesgate Nursing Center in Providence in May announced plans to close. If the state does not intervene, it would be the sixth nursing home in Rhode Island to shut down since the pandemic began. Historically low Medicaid reimbursement levels have left many facilities struggling financially for years. The pandemic has also strained staffing…

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  1. Just to be clear, it isn’t RI’s so-called State leaders who would be providing the financial support. Instead, it would be the already overburdened RI taxpayers who would be picking up the tab for those folks who are not willing to care for their own parents.