Proposed Medicaid cuts could impact local families

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The proposed state Senate budget could leave thousands of low-income seniors on Medicaid without a place to live.

The proposal calls for cutting funding to those who depend on Medicaid to pay for care in assisted living.

"I just don't understand why they are choosing the elderly to pick on," said Debbie Wagner who's 84-year old mother entered assisted living when she could no longer care for herself. "They are being a bully with the Medicaid program."

Currently assisted living seniors on Medicaid are eligible for financial assistance if their income is less than $1,182 a month or $1,515 for seniors needing special care like Alzheimer's and dementia.

Under the proposed changes seniors in both cases will need to make less than $973.00 a month to qualify.

"Over 5,000 residents that are in adult care homes right now in our state could potentially be affected by this change and that includes 1600 diagnosed with Alzheimer and dementia.," said Mary Genia Day, executive director of Kerner Ridge Assisted Living in Kernersville.

Day says the proposed cuts also call for eliminate funds that pay for things like medication, doctors visits and hospitalizations.

"They won't have a home and ultimately this is there home this is their safe haven." Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth County, a House budget writer who sits on the Health and Human Services Committee, said Tuesday that now is not the time to be looking at cuts, especially Medicaid.

Lambeth believes the House budget will hold the line and hopes they can get the Senate to agree


  • FaithC

    So what are they going to do, turn them out on the streets? It is sad when our government can not take care of the elderly.
    I don’t want to here their family should. In some cases these people need round the clock care. Family members can not do it. They may work, or the care is just to much to take on. If you have never been in the position to have to take care of someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia you have no idea how intense and draining it can be on every family member and resources.

    • FaithC

      Oh but wait…illegals get free healthcare, food stamps, housing assistance, heating assistance, and a welfare check for every baby they pop out without paying a dime of taxes. Our elderly, who probably have paid into our tax system for 60 years, get nothing.

      • sgordon1214

        FAITHC, you’re exactly right. Billions of our tax dollars are being handed to illegal aliens and all the rest who keep irresponsibly popping out one kid after another. Our elderly don’t matter to pandering politicians. They would rather have the criminal vote.

      • Glockmeister

        Not true! Entitlements are spent overwhelmingly on the elderly. That is why they vote! Duhhh!

      • Mr. Perfect

        FaithC that is not at all true. Get your facts in order before you make an a– out of yourself as usual.

  • Me,Myself and I

    Europeans do not treat the elderly like the Americans do….the elderly are taken care of properly in Europe! Medicaid should be cut to those who keep having babies out of wedlock!

  • dobydog1

    throw the old who worked hard to help build this country out on the street but do not take education, food stamps, medical care and other welfare from the illegals who come here and drop their anchor babies so that can live off our taxpayers!! we also so need to take care of our freelaoding degenerates who believe having babies out of wedlock is their career. NOT we need to take care of our own who worked to build this country first. illegals and freeloaders need to figure out to survive on their own.

  • Curious

    If we stop funding illegal aliens and generation after generation of welfare families, we can easily afford to assist our elderly. Money does not grow on trees, and until we cut what needs to be cut (funding to able bodied men who won’t work), we cannot afford what is a necessity for today’s seniors.

  • Glockmeister

    why don’t you help out the elderly, instead of expecting someone else (government) to do it? and if you don’t, take a long look in the mirror.

  • sucko

    mexicans are cockaroaches and north carolina is a big kitchen with the lights off complainh wont change nothin go to the local walmart of strip mall there dressed in abrocrombie n fitch with mullets and stink deport them NOWWWWWWWWWWW

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