On July 1, 2022, a new Illinois law went into effect that will provide $700 million to nursing homes for improving staffing levels and improving quality of care. It also creates a new pay scale for certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The state has approximately 650 nursing facilities participating in the Medicaid program that are eligible for the funding. The legislation, Illinois House Bill 246, was signed May 31, 2022, by Governor J.B. Pritzker. The bill simplifies and expands the state’s existing nursing home assessment tax and allocates additional general revenue funds. In mid-July 2022, the Illinois Department . . .
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