‘We Are Losing Money Every Month’
At Immanuel Lutheran Communities in Kalispell, the long-term care facility is one of two “life plan” communities in the state, offering independent living, assisted living, memory, post-acute and long-term care for seniors. About 60% of the roughly 300 residents in the facility are Montana Medicaid recipients while the remainder are on Medicare or pay through a private insurer.
According to Immanuel Lutheran Communities CEO Jason Cronk, it costs the nonprofit organization $350 per day to operate, but the state reimbursement rate is only $212 per day. The current rate increased only $1 from $211 in fiscal year 2021, the same year that wages increased by 20% and inflation spiked operating costs.
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