Kansas took over 22 struggling nursing homes

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April 29, 2019 - 9:47 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers have tightened the financial requirements for a license to operate nursing homes after state regulators were forced to take over 22 struggling facilities last year.

Officials with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services told The Kansas City Star they had no choice but to step in because nursing home managers had fallen behind on bills for basics like food and utilities, putting the health and safety of residents at risk.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a package of health care legislation this month requested by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration that will require much more financial information from people who apply for nursing home licenses.

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