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Brett Blume
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Residents of a Belleville nursing home chanted "Stop the cuts!" as they took part in a Monday morning rally urging state lawmakers to reject a plan to slash Medicaid funding by 6%. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

Residents of a Belleville nursing home chanted “Stop the cuts!” as they took part in a Monday morning rally urging state lawmakers to reject a plan to slash Medicaid funding by 6%. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) –  Chanting “Stop the cuts!!” at the top of their lungs, dozens of residents at a Belleville nursing home took part in a rally Monday morning.

Belleville Nursing and Rehab, also known as the Lincoln Home, was the latest stop for the Health Care Council of Illinois, which is criss-crossing the state in an RV to put pressure on Governor Pat Quinn and state lawmakers to look elsewhere as they work to slash spending.

HCCI is collecting signatures on a giant banner to present to legislators in Springfield, with a stated goal of 40,000 names.

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Nursing home administrator Chris Rayborn says eliminating 6% of state Medicaid funding would have a devastating impact, on residents and employees alike.

“If I’m losing a quarter of a million dollars out of my budget, you can imagine some of the faces you see standing around here right now…won’t be here,” Rayborn said, indicating staff members taking part in the rally.

“This is about the quality of care for our seniors, it’s about the safety of our nursing home residents, and it’s about jobs,” said Pat Comstock, executive director of HCCI.  “Our Medicaid residents get more care than the state pay for and they have been for years.  It just doesn’t work anymore.  These cuts are equivalent to 7,000 critical direct care jobs.”

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