Alabama Governor Robert Bentley visited Crowne Health Care of Montgomery on August 5 to discuss Medicaid funding with the residents and staff.

During his tour, a family member of a nursing home resident asked Gov. Bentley about the status of Medicaid funding. Earlier that day, Gov. Bentley released a proposal for a statewide lottery with proceeds supporting the state’s General Fund Budget.

“The legislature has cut (Medicaid) considerably, $85 million, and we’re trying to make that up. We’re really trying to get some long-term solutions,” Gov. Bentley said. “Medicaid helps so many people in our nursing homes.”

Currently, Medicaid pays for the care of approximately 66% of Alabama’s nursing home residents. These individuals have multiple health care needs that require 24-hour-a-day skilled nursing care. Gov. Bentley asked Crowne Health Care of Montgomery Administrator Wanda Allie about the importance of Medicaid to her center.

Allie explained the process people go through of using all of their own savings to pay for their care before Medicaid covers the cost.

“All of these residents have worked all of their adult lives to take care of themselves and now they’re having to file for Medicaid because their resources didn’t last long enough,” Allie said.

Watch this video for more comments and to see scenes from Gov. Bentley’s tour of the long-term care and rehab areas of Crowne Health Care of Montgomery.

Click here to view a photo gallery from Gov. Bentley’s visit.

Editor’s note: The photos and video used in this story are courtesy of the Office of Governor Robert Bentley.