12 Jul: Sarlo-Gordon Frustrated By Republican Failure To Support Medicaid Recipients In Nursing Homes

TRENTON – Senators Paul A. Sarlo and Bob Gordon today said they were frustrated that Senate Republicans failed to vote in support of a resolution overriding the Governor’s line-item veto cutting the reimbursement rate for nursing home care of Medicaid recipients and individuals dealing with severe, chronic and debilitating medical conditions.

“When we talk about balancing the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable and frail residents in the State, we should look no further than nursing home residents and individuals in need of specialized care,” said Senator Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic. “These cuts go to the very heart of our State’s priorities, and our commitment to seniors and individuals with very serious medical conditions. It seems unbelievable to me that care for our most vulnerable seniors and sick children should be minimized to a line-item in a budget, and there’s no question that we could have afforded to overturn this cut.”