KOCO reported that as many as half of Oklahoma’s nursing homes could be forced to shut their doors by Dec. 1, according to the Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers. The state’s health care authority announced a 9 percent cut from Medicaid to offset the money lost after the cigarette tax fee was ruled unconstitutional.
According to the OAHCP, a 9 percent cut means 18 counties would not long have a nursing home. Statewide, 11,000 people would be displaced, many with nowhere to go. Nursing homes rely on Medicaid and say a 9 percent cut would have a devastating impact.