Washington State Watchdog Program Gets Huge Budget Cut

According to a recent article in The Columbian, a Washington State watchdog program that addresses complaints regarding elder abuse neglect and abuse will soon lose about a third of its funding. This is because of a decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to stop reimbursing the state Long Term Care Ombudsman ProgramWA LongTerm Care Ombudsman Program.jpg.

The state long-term care ombudsman explained that this large budget cut will result in a loss of staff, which will translate to slower response times to complaints about nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect.

At present, there are about 2,700 long term care facilities around the state with about 400 volunteers who advocate for the residents. These volunteers also communicate about issues raised by residents regarding resident rights. Complaints about about abuse or neglect at a long-term facilities are ofte4n reported by the volunteers.

However, due to budget cuts, training program required for volunteers will be accessible with fewer locations and staff.

According to Terry Cumpton, special assistant in the agency’s Seattle office, Washington is the third state in the country that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pulled Medicaid expenses for ombudsman programs.


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Kevin Coluccio was recently named one of the Top 10 Super Lawyers in Washington State. He has long history of successful elder abuse/neglect cases and has a stellar reputation for getting results for his injury clients in serious car crashes, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, maritime claims, and asbestos injury cases.