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Proposal would tax nursing home beds

May 4, 2010


— A proposal remains in play that would tax nursing home beds in order to generate more state and federal funds that could go back into services for the elderly and those with disabilities.

Gov. Mark Parkinson brought opposing sides together for a meeting last week and talks are continuing. But, so far, there is no agreement.

Nursing homes have been hit hard by budget cuts. Parkinson cut Medicaid spending by 10 percent in the current fiscal year as part of a budget crisis that continues to worsen.

“Every time the state doesn’t appropriately reimburse the providers, the snowball gets bigger and bigger,” said Cindy Luxem, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Health Care Association.

In addition to being cut, nursing homes are getting more residents because cuts in home- and community-based services have increased the number of people having to enter nursing homes.

The Kansas Health Care Association supports the proposal, which would assess a $1,325 annual tax on each licensed nursing home bed.

This would raise about $30 million, and draw $57 million in federal Medicaid funds. Almost all of the $87 million would be returned to nursing homes. Homes with more Medicaid residents would get more money, while nursing homes with few Medicaid residents would pay more than they would get back. Medicaid is the federal and state funded program that provides health coverage for low-income families.

“The state needs this money, and the providers need the money,” Luxem said. “If we can get the provider assessment flowing back to the Department of Aging, this could free up funding for other things.” Thirty-seven other states already do this.

But Debra Zehr, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, said it’s not a good idea.

“It’s kind of like saying, ‘pay me $4 and I’ll pay you back the $10 I owe you,’” Zehr said.

She said other states that have approved a similar law end up increasing the tax and diverting the money for purposes other than helping the elderly.

As the Kansas budget hole deepens, legislators are seeking ways to find new revenue. After cuts of nearly $1 billion, the Legislature still faces a projected revenue shortfall of about $500 million.


Randall Barnes 7 years, 7 months ago

thats it tax the poor, the people who have no money ohhhhhh wait tax the gov't isn't that where medicade/medicare comes from ? take from one gov't agency to pay for another.just do the ballance right the first time and you wouldn't have this the gov't which will be taxed again then when they spend the money will be taxed once again then back to the medicare fund to be taxed all over again.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 7 months ago

"If you are cold, we'll tax the heat If you walk, we'll tax your feet" or something like that. Taxman, the Beatles.....

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 7 months ago

Yea, I can really see John & Paul at a tea bag rally.....selling some more White albums just to get by with his friends....

Shane Rogers 7 years, 7 months ago


Then nursing homes can just get rid of some of their beds.

That's a great idea.

Shane Rogers 7 years, 7 months ago

...darn it. My sarcasm tags are missing.

Richard Payton 7 years, 7 months ago

I say lets tax the congress and senate seats on the federal and state level instead of nursing beds. Let the elected officials pay another new tax!

EyeonKansas 7 years, 7 months ago

If the money coming in can be protected to go back to the aging department then I have no problem with this. The NF's who are so snobbish they turn away Medicaid people will either need to change their tune or their residents will have to help foot the bill at around $100/month. I think it's sad that a person spends down their life savings and because they chose to live in a particular facility they will now have to leave because that facility doesn't accept Medicaid or will only allow a certain number of Medicaid beds.

Centerville 7 years, 7 months ago

So people who have taken the trouble to pay their own way are going to have to pay the freight on this? Sounds typical.

cowboy 7 years, 7 months ago

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Stuart Evans 7 years, 7 months ago

I just don't understand why this society spends so much money to extend life to 90-100 years, when the bulk of people who reach that age aren't really living life. It's awfully selfish to keep grandma around in a nursing home just so you can show up every other week and ask her if she remembers you.

Liberty275 7 years, 7 months ago

After I can't work, I'm going to take some time off to do some interesting things, then when I can't do those things I'll have myself a private little benzo and scotch party. I don't see any particular reason to burden society so I can gulp oxygen and lay in my own excrement until some custodial worker that will probably hate me comes to change the sheets.

whats_going_on 7 years, 7 months ago

wait a tick, so one minute, you're trying to help out elderly/disadvantaged/handicapped people, and now you're trying to tax them? Pick one.

John Hamm 7 years, 7 months ago

What's wrong with the goofballs in Topeka? Tax sugar additives, tax cigarettes another $1.00 a pack, tax this, tax that. When are they gonna tax religious property? Or Golf courses at other than farmland value? Or even, God forbid, think about living within a budget as the rest of have to do.

kansasmutt 7 years, 7 months ago

WOW, I am speachless. Kansas has the absolute most retarded leaders of all 50 states. I can`t even fathom what is next for them to come up with.

imastinker 7 years, 7 months ago

So they are taxing the nursing homes that have more paying customers rather than medicaid, as a supplement to medicaid because medicaid isn't paying the bills. So, the families and estates of the people who can afford to take care of themselves are going to be hit the hardest, while the people who can't afford to pay still aren't going to be able to pay.

Yet another new tax.

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