Counties around the North Country have been considering the privatization of their nursing homes.
Now the Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that Clinton County may follow the trend by privatizing its in-home nursing and health care services.
Over the last five years, the program shifted from being a net money-maker for the county to nearly a $2 million expense.
The increase is mostly due to a drastic drop in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements and stricter federal guidelines.
“There obviously is a lot of emotion involving this, but for the county not to look at alternatives that could continue to provide the service and still save nearly $2 million would be irresponsible,” said County Administrator Michael Zurlo.
Dozens of people turned out this week to protest the change, arguing that it would mean lower quality service. Read the full article here.
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