Elected officials and community providers for seniors standing together today, calling attention to the financial stress many nursing homes across the state are facing. 

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo pointing out the Medicaid reimbursement rate hasn't changed since 2007. 

"17 years is a very long time," she said. "Many of us have been warning of the dire consequences that would occur if we did not address this year after year. We had been having put up the warning flag that this day was coming, that a crisis was brewing. We are actually in the crisis and we've been in a crisis for quite some time."

The average loss per year at an upstate nursing home is $2.1 million, leading to a decrease in beds and 75 closures across the state. 

The lack of rate changes, the big issues for homes; failing to take into account the cost increases over the years, including during the pandemic.

United Methodist Homes President and CEO, Brian Picchini said, "The big issue here and the big miss, if you ask me on underfunding, is our rates are being calculated on 2007 data despite the fact that we issue and must issue and submit a cost report every single year."

State Senator Lea Webb and Lupardo saying they're taking action in their respective chambers, working with their colleagues to get support for nursing homes into the budget. They already have a couple of items proposed by Governor Hochul in the budget that could be postponed to make room for the funding. 

"They deserve to have quality, affordable care and in a state as resourceful as New York, we can and should do better on your behalf," Webb said.