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Louisiana nursing home eviction letters begin going out to residents

LOUISIANA - (05/10/18) -- 89-year-old Virginia Scrowd says she always thought her room at Cherry Ridge Skilled Nursing Facility would be the last place she called home. That has all changed. 

"It feels like the end of the world for me. It's my whole world, I don't know what I'd do without it,"
 she said. 

Louisiana has served almost 37,000 people eviction letters, saying that residents on Medicaid would no longer have a place to stay. Scrowd says the entire ordeal leaves her feeling helpless. 


"Where would you go, what would you do, who would take care of you, who will give you your medicine? My daughter lives in Crossett, but she and her husband both work full time, they can't provide for me," Scrowd said. 

Governor John Bel Edwards says that Medicaid cuts would cost hundreds of caregivers their jobs. He believes that lawmakers could avoid this by making tax changes in a separate special session. 


"The idea that this is a tactic I reject, is it scary yes, because that's the reality of the situation," the Govenor said. 

Like many residents facing eviction, scrowd wants everyone involved  to think twice about this decision. 


"I think you need to really consider this deeply in your heart, that you could pass such a law that would put old people out on the street with no where to go." 

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(05/09/2018) --  Ridgecrest Community Care Center is a place 96-year-old Nelda Watson has grown to love.  


"I'm sad" "It's such a nice place, I have to cry."

In just 24 hours, that could be no longer. She's being served notice that if Louisiana's proposed budget cuts stand, she'll be getting evicted. 

"It would just ruin everybody's life that's here, it would because where would we go? No place to go," said Watson.

The new Medicaid eligibility cap would effect nearly 37,000 people in Louisiana. Anyone with income over $750 a month would  be ineligible. 880 of those people coming from Ouachita Parish. 

George Simmons wife Regina is one of them, She suffered an aneurysm eight years ago leaving her completely immobile. 


"Quite honestly, you can't appreciate a facility like a nursing home, until you need it," he said. 

Without the 24 hour services that Ridgecrest provides, he says he may be putting his own life at risk.


"It would be a tremendous burden on me. I would probably just do all I could do to care for my wife, until it killed me," said Simmons. 


The eviction notices will not only effect the residents in the nursing homes but also the people that take care of them. Simmons believes that this will begin destroying families. 

Watson says the legislators have a lot to figure out. 


"Somebody is going to have to answer to a lot of questions, unless they want us to come live with them," she chuckles. 

 


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