Gov. Pillen’s budget proposal ‘ignores the crisis’

A joint statement by multiple hospital groups said Gov. Jim Pillen’s proposed budget ignores the “crisis” providers are facing as they care for Nebraskans. If you’re impacted by a lack of access to health care services, the Nebraska Hospital Association said it could get worse. They said the governor’s current budget proposal may not be able to keep some Nebraska hospitals alive. “This budget is very, very doable. I always like to say when I have confidence in something, ‘I’ll bet the farm on it,'” Pillen said.But the president of the state hospital association said Pillen’s budget leaves a hole in health care.”The governor’s budget proposal ignores the crisis,” Jeremy Nordquist said.According to Nordquist, Nebraska hospitals wanted an almost 10% budget increase to keep up with their costs. “Reading the governor’s budget right now, it looks like there’s no increase in Medicaid at all,” Nordquist said.Pillen defended the stagnant health care budget, calling medical bills “upside down.””And I think everywhere in health care has to start studying that problem to come up with a solution. I’m not an advocate that more money will solve our health care problems,” Pillen said.Nordquist said Nebraska hospitals are reliant on state funding because Medicare and Medicaid rates are already set. He said more than half of all Nebraska hospitals are operating in the red, and if the budget doesn’t change in the unicameral: “We will lose services, and maybe even hospitals across the state.”But for Pillen, spending is not a luxury he’s willing to afford.”I’m not one that believes just because we got a lot of money that we should just go and spend it,” Pillen said.Nordquist emphasized rural hospitals, nursing homes and behavioral health would be hit the hardest if they don’t get more funding.Despite health care providers’ concerns, Pillen’s budget proposal is heading to the unicameral. Top headlines:Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen proposes a number of tax cuts in State of the State addressGov. Pillen backs Nebraska school choice with proposed tax breakMutual of Omaha breaks ground on Omaha’s future tallest building

A joint statement by multiple hospital groups said Gov. Jim Pillen’s proposed budget ignores the “crisis” providers are facing as they care for Nebraskans.

If you’re impacted by a lack of access to health care services, the Nebraska Hospital Association said it could get worse.

They said the governor’s current budget proposal may not be able to keep some Nebraska hospitals alive.

“This budget is very, very doable. I always like to say when I have confidence in something, ‘I’ll bet the farm on it,'” Pillen said.

But the president of the state hospital association said Pillen’s budget leaves a hole in health care.

“The governor’s budget proposal ignores the crisis,” Jeremy Nordquist said.

According to Nordquist, Nebraska hospitals wanted an almost 10% budget increase to keep up with their costs.

“Reading the governor’s budget right now, it looks like there’s no increase in Medicaid at all,” Nordquist said.

Pillen defended the stagnant health care budget, calling medical bills “upside down.”

“And I think everywhere in health care has to start studying that problem to come up with a solution. I’m not an advocate that more money will solve our health care problems,” Pillen said.

Nordquist said Nebraska hospitals are reliant on state funding because Medicare and Medicaid rates are already set.

He said more than half of all Nebraska hospitals are operating in the red, and if the budget doesn’t change in the unicameral: “We will lose services, and maybe even hospitals across the state.”

But for Pillen, spending is not a luxury he’s willing to afford.

“I’m not one that believes just because we got a lot of money that we should just go and spend it,” Pillen said.

Nordquist emphasized rural hospitals, nursing homes and behavioral health would be hit the hardest if they don’t get more funding.

Despite health care providers’ concerns, Pillen’s budget proposal is heading to the unicameral.

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