Illinois state authorities have announced that they have passed a bill that will increase the bed tax that is currently on nursing homes to raise money for safety reform and then the government health care will match the money raised in taxes.
Nursing home executives and the governor have said that the increase in money will allow them to increase staffing at nursing homes, fix the long term care system and hire more state inspectors.
The bill was passed in order to try an reduce the number of violence and abuse cases in the Illinois nursing home facilities. State officials have said that 86 percent of the money collected (which is estimated to be near $290 million) will be given back to facilities.
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