State hospices say cuts will hurt

Reduced Medicare payments expected to start in October

Columbus Dispatch

WASHINGTON -- The Hospice of Morrow County struggles to break even as the nonprofit institution undertakes its mission of sending nurses and other end-of-life assistance into the homes of terminally ill patients.

So the prospect of a federal Medicare cut is devastating to the rural provider based in Mount Gilead, north of Columbus, said Karen Veronica, its executive director.

"This is going to hurt us," Veronica said, noting that the hospice program serves about 10 to 25 people at a time. "What scares me is that it is going to start to limit access for people around here to hospice care."

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