State Rep. Patti Fritz Proposes Nursing Home Rate Increase; Executive Board Member Sonja Lemire Testifies In Favor of Bill

State Rep. Patti Fritz, who is also a member of our union and herself a Licensed Practical Nurse of over 35 years, introduced a bill in the state legislature that would increase nursing home rates by 4 percent, with 75 percent of the money going directly to wage increases and benefits.

Rep. Fritz pointed out that this bill’s increases don’t even catch up to inflation, saying “Today we’re asking for 4 percent; we are 20 percent behind.”

Sonja Lemire, a member of our Executive Board and an LPN at Parkview Care Center in Buffalo, said low staffing levels mean residents don’t get the dignity they deserve.
“It’s almost not humanly possible to give quality care or prevent accidents with current reimbursement rates.”
There are 30 residents in her memory-care unit, and she is the only nurse in charge during an eight-hour shift, resulting in a ratio of about 16 minutes per person.

With our state budget deficit, it is highly unlikely that this bill will pass, but we know that Patti is fighting for us every day!

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