Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

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May 22, 2019

Senator Anwar Releases Statement On Medicaid Increases To Help Nursing Home Staffing

State Senator Saud Anwar stands with nursing home workers in early May as they announced a possible strike.

HARTFORD, CT – Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) issued the following statement after news Wednesday that Governor Ned Lamont endorsed Medicaid rate hikes for the nursing industry, preventing a threatened strike of nursing home workers.

“I want to thank Gov. Ned Lamont’s step Monday to prevent the strike by endorsing three rates hikes for the industry to be phased in between this July and January 2021,” said Sen. Anwar. “Based on the governor’s decision, nursing homes that serve Medicaid patients would receive a 2 percent rate increase in July 2019, a 1 percent hike in October 2020 and a final 1 percent bump in January 2021. I was honored to stand with the nursing home staff a few weeks ago asking our governor for these very much needed Medicaid increases. As the Medicaid increases are planned today, I ask the nursing home owners to make sure that these raises are used to provide much-needed pay raises and fix the staffing ratios. It would be heartbreaking if these increases are not used to make the residents and staff safer.”