Friday, August 28, 2015
Muller to Unveil 2016 LC Budget at Cedarbrook
Muller and Lehigh County Commissioners have sparred over the nursing home.But according the Commissioner Vic Mazziotti, the prognosis is good. On Thursday, he told Lehigh Valley Business that he'd like to renovate or rebuild the existing 451-bed facility. He's been critical of housing four residents to a single room, and would prefer to see two to a room, with bathroom access.
Muller has accused both Mazziotti and Commissioner Lisa Scheller as supporting Cedarbrook's sale, a charge that both deny.
What amazes me is how Lehigh Valley state legislators turn a blind eye to the very real financials crisis facing publicly owned nursing homes in both Lehigh and Northampton County.
Tom Killion, a State representative from Montgomery County, has introduced legislation that could make more Medicaid reimbursements available. In Northampton County, that would translate to about $2.5 million per year, and my guess is that a similar sum would go to Cedarbrook.
To date, the following Lehigh Valley State Representatives have NOT signed on as sponsors: Gary Day, Ryan Mackenzie, Steve Samuelson, Pete Schweyer and Justin Simmons.
I should point out that sometime between my irst story about this house bill and now, Mike Schlossberg did sign on. Geoff Brace, who works for Schlossberg, is a Lehigh County Commissioner and should have been pushing the matter long before I did. Lehigh County Commissioners have yet to adopt a resolution calling on the their local state house delegation to sponsor this important bill.