Nursing home in pro-Trump Missouri town fears Obamacare repeal will force them to turn the elderly away
A nursing home in a small town over 100 miles away from St. Louis may soon be forced to turn residents away who can’t afford their services without Medicaid.
According to St. Louis public radio, administrators at Monroe City Manor in the tiny Monroe City, Missouri are worried Republicans will push forward with their current proposed healthcare plan that will limit Medicaid spending in favor of tax cuts.
As the report notes, 60 percent or more of Monroe City Manor’s residents use Medicaid to pay for their expenses at the home — but in light of potential cuts to the program, administrators are considering whether they’ll be able to accept Medicaid patients at all.
“It would take down our census, and it would just ultimately be sad for our rural community,” Lacy Seward, the home’s social services coordinator, told KCUR. “They won’t have a place to go, because the cost would be too high or they can’t afford the nursing home.”
People elsewhere in the rural Monroe County — which, along with neighboring Marion and Ralls counties voted for President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by a three-to-one margin — are concerned about losing their Medicaid as well.
Dawn Fortner, a 49-year-old resident of the 2,500-person town, said that Medicaid foots the $2,000-a-month bill for her medications for her rare autoimmune disease — and that without it, she’d be up the creek.
“In the past, my treatments have been denied, and I’ve had to fight it, and that’s hard,” Fortner, who abstained from voting for president because she felt they were both bad decisions, told KCUR. “It scares me.”