This week the Des Moines Register reported another Iowan on Medicaid died following refusal of Medicaid providers to pay for adequate care. Her nursing home’s decision to refuse accepting Medicaid patients on ventilators would require her to move 90 miles from Des Moines.
The Register reported, “the Fleur Heights nursing home blames insufficient and untimely payments from Iowa’s Medicaid program” for their inability to afford to take patients on ventilators in the future. There are only six of Iowa’s 417 nursing homes remaining that will accept ventilator patients.
The family had moved their loved one into a temporary facility at Des Moines’ Mercy Medical Center following the nursing home’s decision. Her husband said, “he would have to choose between quitting his truck-driving job in Des Moines and moving or keeping his job but being able to visit her only one or two days a week instead of every day.” Tragically, his wife died last week after she was moved to the Mercy facility. Her Husband said, “she was just so tired, and she was at peace with going home. We just decided to let her body do what it was going to do.”