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Nursing Home Construction Ban Fails

 

A last minute push by lobbyists stopped a proposed five year moratorium on nursing home construction in Indiana.

Opponents of the moratorium stepped up their lobbying effort while lawmakers were negotiating over different versions of the final bill.

The Indiana Health Care Association and others in the long-term care industry argued that the moratorium was needed to cut nursing-home vacancy rates and ensure better care for Medicaid patients.

Opponents, who included a construction-industry coalition, said the ban was only protecting established industry players and violated free-market principals.

Those against the ban included Mainstreet Property Group, who’s CEO, Zeke Turner promised that his company would build 24 more nursing homes in Indiana and create 3,000 jobs.

There is no way to enforce that promise.

Mainstreet currently has a facility under construction here in Terre Haute.

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