Nursing homes spent big on Ohio politics

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Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation that could send hundreds of millions in extra funds to Ohio’s nursing home industry – a political powerhouse that says its facilities are underwater.
House Republican leaders haven’t shared details about the size or shape of the package. Industry officials say the money is desperately needed to ensure quality of care as nursing homes deal with rising labor costs, pandemic-driven increases in costs of care, supply chain snarls, and staffing shortfalls.The money would flow to an industry heavily reliant on state and federal dollars that’s backed by a hefty political machine. Sixteen lobbyists are registered in Ohio on behalf of three industry trade associations, not to mention some large chains that employ their own lobbyists.
Meanwhile, industry PACs and individual facility operators contributed more than $1.4 million to state races during the 2021-2022 campaign cycle alone, almost entirely to Republicans who rule Ohio with trifecta control of state government and supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. A political nonprofit operated by one of the organizations spent $1.7 million during the 2019-2020 cycle, the most recent data available.

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