It’s been six months since Eastern Plumas Health Care heard that a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling meant the huge rate cuts to our skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) would go into effect after all. The state of California would, indeed, balance its budget on the backs of its most vulnerable and needy citizens — the elderly and disabled.
Much has been written about the unfairness of this decision. Words spelling out the tragedy set in motion by these cuts and resultant closure of our skilled nursing residents’ homes, their transfer to distant cities and loss of the lifeline that family and friends provides have not been able to dent the opinion of legislators focused on numbers and dollar signs. In short, appeals to the heart, humanity or what is simply right don’t translate in this arena.