Ad Spot

Lt. Gov. visits nursing home residents

By Staff
YOU'RE SAFE Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck, right, tells Queen City Nursing Center resident Joyce Bounds, left, and her sister, Nell Tucker, that they won't be thrown out of the nursing home because of Medicaid shortfalls. Tuck met with residents and workers at the nursing home on Tuesday. Photo by Fredie Carmichael / The Meridian Star
By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
April 24, 2002
Some Queen City Nursing Center residents had tears in their eyes Tuesday as Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck assured them that Medicaid shortfalls will not force them from their homes.
Tuck said comments made by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and others about nursing home patients being put out on the streets are misleading.
About 100 residents and employees of the nursing home gathered to hear Tuck's remarks.
In recent budget talks, Gov. Ronnie Musgrove has complained that Medicaid's budget is about $75 million less than the $425 million he requested. But Tuck said Tuesday Medicaid will receive $100 million more than a year ago.
Tuck said two recent meetings with Musgrove, House Speaker Tim Ford, Attorney General Mike Moore and other lawmakers about Medicaid have been positive.
She said the group has "agreed in principle. And we're working on the details now so we can bring this thing to a resolution."
Residents and workers at Queen City said they have been on edge since the controversy started months ago over Medicaid's budget. One worker at the nursing home said she was encouraged by Tuck's visit, but still has concerns.
JoAnn Hawkins, director of nursing, said she's concerned about prescription medicine. Hawkins referred to a letter from the Division of Medicaid sent to the family of a nursing home resident.
The letter said of June 1, patients will be allowed only five prescriptions a month unless a doctor's prior approval allowed them to have two more.

Franklin County

Cattlemen convene for annual banquet

Belgreen Bulldogs

Belgreen hires football coach for fledgling program

News

City approves temporary fire department promotions

Franklin County

Commission decides to request bids for elevator maintenance

News

Whimsical window art brightens RPL

Belgreen Bulldogs

Belgreen gets football coach

Franklin County

Martin Luther King commemorative march takes place in downtown Russellville

Franklin County

New district attorney swears in

Franklin County

Cattlemen’s Association prepares for annual meeting

News

Russellville Public Library director speaks at Book Lovers meeting

Franklin County

Vina native returns to hometown church to share her story

Franklin County

Couple continues annual Christmas jail ministry

News

City officials reflect on old year, look toward new

Franklin County

MLK march returns to Russellville this year, set for Jan. 16

News

Council approves additional funding for Cramer Children’s Center

Franklin County

2022 REVIEW: Big news stories shape Franklin County

News

State association names RMS principal as middle school principal of year

News

REB plans customer appreciation event

Franklin County

Distinguished Through the Decades: 2022, Madeline Cooper

Galleries

Faces of Franklin County: A Walk Thru Bethlehem

Franklin County

Distinguished Through the Decades: 2021, Lily Pounders

Features

Distinguished Through the Decades: 2020, Bailey Bolton

Franklin County

Distinguished Through the Decades: 2019, Elizabeth Pierce

Franklin County

District attorney Joey Rushing prepares as retirement nears

x