Ala. transfers nursing services to contractors

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State officials are trying to help nursing home workers find jobs with private companies as services that had been handled by the state will be transferred to contractors in 2014.

Alabama Department of Public Health administrative officer Grover Wedgeworth told the Florence Times Daily (http://bit.ly/1b4TUmB ) the department will no longer be the provider for the state’s Elderly and Disabled Medicaid Waiver program.

He says the department didn’t get the funding it requested from the Legislature that would have allowed it to continue as the service provider in 2014.

Wedgeworth says the services that were provided by the Alabama Department of Senior Services will still be available, but will be handled instead by private contractors next year.

The newspaper reports about 600 nursing home attendants and clerical staff will be impacted.

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Information from: TimesDaily, http://www.timesdaily.com/

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