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Rally held in Benton, IL in response to Medicaid cuts

They were joined by The Health Care Council of Illinois (HCCI) and Illinois Healthcare Association (IHA). They were joined by The Health Care Council of Illinois (HCCI) and Illinois Healthcare Association (IHA).
The groups say the purpose of the rally was to draw attention to the proposed cuts in Medicaid funding for nursing homes that could result in closing as many as 50 homes statewide and more than 6,800 nursing home employees could possibly be laid off. The groups say the purpose of the rally was to draw attention to the proposed cuts in Medicaid funding for nursing homes that could result in closing as many as 50 homes statewide and more than 6,800 nursing home employees could possibly be laid off.
BENTON, IL (KFVS) - Hundreds of nursing home workers, community leaders, and supporters joined in an outdoor rally Monday at the Benton Public Square Gazebo.

They were joined by The Health Care Council of Illinois (HCCI) and Illinois Healthcare Association (IHA). It was held in connection to Nursing Home Awareness Week. The Health Care Council of Illinois is touring across the state to raise awareness for the campaign called "Hold the Line on Nursing Home Funding."

The groups say the purpose of the rally was to draw attention to the proposed cuts in Medicaid funding for nursing homes that could result in closing as many as 50 homes statewide and more than 6,800 nursing home employees could possibly be laid off.

According to the Health Care Council of Illinois, the state's Medicaid rates are the 49th lowest in the nation. South Dakota is 50th.

Nursing home employees say it's not just an issue that impacts Illinois. 

"Health care doesn't just happen in Illinois," Terrace Park nursing home administrator, Tara Hamilton said. "It happens in every state of the United States and so it's definitely real. It's definitely something that could happen everywhere.”

Hamilton states if these cuts do occur, in order to continue to operate, drastic changes would have to be made.

"We may have to cut back on our food budget, we may have to cut back on supplies," Hamilton said. "We're going to have to make cuts everywhere we can, just around the board, we're going to have to scale back on everything so that we can continue to pay the bills and meet payroll."

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