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story.lead_photo.caption Jeanne (left), 71, who doesn’t want her last name used, suffers from a number of ailments and lives alone in North Little Rock. She is dependent on her caregiver, Tracy Armstrong (right), and the regular nursing visits paid for by Medicaid. ( Benjamin Krain)

Nursing homes across Arkansas will close if the state eliminates Medicaid funding for Level 3 nursing care, Department of Human Services officials, advocates and nursing-home industry officials say.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 12/16/2012

Print Headline: Medicaid ax hangs over state’s frailest

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  • TimberTopper
    December 16, 2012 at 5:10 a.m.

    Lets get real here. These people need help and they deserve to have the help they need. None of us know how we will be affected by our health when we get older. Expand the medicaid, the federal government is picking up most of the tab for the first years .

  • Whippersnapper
    December 16, 2012 at 7:47 a.m.

    Let's get real here. The federal government might be about to seriously cut back the amount of money they are making available to the states (you have heard of the fiscal cliff, right?). Adding a quarter million people to the list of those dependent on that funding is the most short-sighted action you could take to fix other problems.

  • Thought
    December 16, 2012 at 8:06 a.m.

    If anyone needs to be cut out, we should start with the kids that get money for "so called" behavior disorders first. That is a joke! We have a responsibility to take care of our elderly, so let's cut out the crazy checks for disobedient brats and take care of our elderly.

  • drs01
    December 16, 2012 at 9:43 a.m.

    It seems that the state Medicaid director is the one pushing old, disabled, nursing and homebound people over the cliff. Surely there are significant other cuts in the existing Medicaid program to eliminate this solution. This scare tactic is just another in a series. After seeing this article, we are suppose to just write another check. Maybe this article should have appeared next to the one where 190 city water employees got $1250 bonuses with monies that the LR board of directors THOUGHT were being directed toward a lawsuit settlement. Wolf..wolf..wolf....the sky is really falling THIS TIME.And you wonder why we are cynics when it comes to ANYTHING government proposes.

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