Colorado

Feb 3, 2010 8:04 PM by David Ortiviz

Lawmakers fight to save state run nursing home

Colorado lawmakers are taking steps to stop the only state run nursing home from being sold.

In 2009, they passed a bill allowing the Department of Health and Human Services to sell the nursing home in Trinidad to a private owner. However, on Monday those same lawmakers introduced a bill to reverse that decision. This move centers around a deed, which states the building must be used as a state run nursing home, otherwise the property must be turned over Trinidad State Junior College. Lawmakers say they didn't know about the deed when they past the original legislation in 2009.

State Representative Buffie McFadyen says its "irresponsible" for the Human Services Department to consider selling the nursing home before lawmakers vote on the new bill. The Human Services Department has put the nursing home up for sale. "Because of what (the Human Services Department) has done, against the will of the people in Trinidad, it appears they are encouraging a lawsuit against the state," said McFadyen.

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