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OK health groups worry Medicaid cuts could leave nursing home residents homeless

SAPULPA, OK (KWTV) - The Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers is warning lawmakers to avoid cutting Medicaid. The state healthcare group estimates if the state cuts just 10 percent of Medicaid funds, more than half of the state's nursing homes will have to close down, leaving many residents homeless.

Valerie Bomar, administrator of The Gardens nursing facility, explained that people are living longer because of better medical care and technology. That means more people are outliving their own savings accounts and need a place to live once those funds run out.

"If homes close down, those waiting lists are going to be even longer," she said. "But eventually people are just not going to be served. And I mean, it could turn into, what, homelessness? Where are they going to live - shelters?"

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