AARP want Texas to up Medicaid payments for nursing home patients

Several lawmakers, the AARP and other groups want the state to up the amount it pays to care for Medicaid patients in nursing homes.

Rep. Patrick Rose, a Democrat who chairs the House Human Services Committee, says an estimated $368 million in new revenue is needed for the coming two-year budget for operating and staffing needs at nursing homes that serve Medicaid patients. The homes serve 60,000 Medicaid residents.

The state Medicaid reimbursement for those homes is $112 per day.

The advocates said Texas hasn't funded cost increases for Medicaid nursing home residents since 1999.