Florida nursing home will no longer receive state funds

Posted at 8:12 AM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 08:12:28-04

HOLLYWOOD, Fla-- A Florida nursing home where eight people died after Hurricane Irma will no longer receive state Medicaid funds.
Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday night that he has directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to terminate the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as a Medicaid provider. The program provides health care for low-income individuals and families.
Workers at the facility say Hurricane Irma caused the air conditioning to fail Sunday and they struggled to keep residents cool with fans, cold towels and ice.
Scott says in a statement that the state has had multiple points of contact with the facility before the Wednesday discovery of deaths. He says at no time did the facility communicate any imminent threats to its patients.
All patients have since been evacuated.