Twenty Percent Of Nursing Homes Get Poor Quality Ratings

According to new government data nore than a quarter-million patients live in homes that received low scores within the past year.  Medicare started issuing star ratings of the nation’s nursing homes in late 2008. 

The ratings are derived from inspections, complaint investigations and other data collected.  Nearly all homes that repeatedly received only one or two stars are owned by for-profit corporations. 

“You can’t provide quality service if you are not receiving sufficient income to cover the neeed expenses,” explains Jesse Slome, executive director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.  “With growing government deficits, those who need care in the future will have only two choices – have enough to pay the cost or own insurance to cover the cost.”

According to, some 8.25 million Americans currently own long-term care insurance.  The cost of policies ranges from a few hundred dollars a year on up depending on the level of desired benefits.  For more information and to read a free guide, visit the organization’s website: <a href> </a>.

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