Everett Herald | May 22, 2023
By Joy Borkholder
The two-year state budget increases the Medicaid rate for skilled nursing facilities by 14% over the next two fiscal years, and adds funding for some specialty care. The Washington Health Care Association calculated the total additional Medicaid funding to be $406 million.
Adam Glickman, secretary-treasurer of SEIU 775, said with more funding, workers who have a collective bargaining agreement will negotiate for higher wages and improved benefits.
But Glickman, like Wolkin, would like to see more predictability.
“The Legislature did the right thing ultimately in providing the funding,” he said. “We’re going to continue to push for the longer-term fix and certainty that putting it into statute would provide.”