State Losing Medicaid Funding For Mental Health Facility

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials said the federal
government is cutting funding for the Oakwood center for mentally
disabled people in Somerset.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced the loss of
Medicaid dollars on Thursday, saying it will end May 15.

Federal funds now pay all but about $19 million of the $78
million annual budget of the Bluegrass Communities at Oakwood.

Cabinet general counsel Kerry Harvey said Oakwood is likely to
transfer some of its 224 residents to other facilities, but most
will remain at Oakwood, where the state must now pick up all
funding.

Regulators have cited Oakwood in recent years in a series of
problems, including abuse and neglect of residents.


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  • by James Meade Location: Prestonsburg, Ky on May 3, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    Of course there going to cut entitlement programs....all apart of the person we call president George W. Bush aka Adolf Hitler He wants to bankrupt the country and do away with entitlement programs while sending the money to the rag headed muslim goat hearders in Iraq, So they can enturn put it back into there right wealthy oil producing countries so the poor and less fortunate and vanish from the scenes in this great country But i guess your a Republican ( Communist Party) forceing there way upon the people where they can deminsh the middle class and have 2 classes of people wealth and poor
  • by Henry on May 2, 2008 at 01:30 PM
    Medicaid, the bottomless barrel of cash.
  • by Mary Anna Location: Job, KY on May 2, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    I will ask , does 2 wrongs make a right. The residents will continue to be the ones that will experience suffering from abuse and neglect by the federal government when the funding is stopped.
  • by AJ Location: Somerset on May 2, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    Pulaski County will be hurt by this, the economy in the shape it's in will now have 1000 people unemployeed. Houses will be lost and children hurt. Another Thank you to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, you have put even more people at risk of losing everything!!!
  • by Jimmy on May 2, 2008 at 06:49 AM
    Maybe they can put a casino in the Oakwood facility to make up for the loss of funds.

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