Search the Archive

Special Assignment (Nursing Homes and Medicaid) #87197

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 01, 1984
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Plight of majority of nation's senior citizens summarized.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Fin. discrimination against elderly Medicaid recipients by nursing homes examined. [MD attorney general Stephen SAChigh school - considers practice insidious, obscene.] Senator John HEINZ - believes such practice is a felony.] Eviction of Julia Rocket by nursing home when she went on Medicaid and refusal of many to accept Bessie Bromberg as Medicaid patient cited as exs. of nursing homes' refusal to handle Medicaid recipients. [Nursing home owner Harold MOFFIE - explains financial aspect of situation.] Pvt. payment contract Medicaid patients are forced to sign to gain admittance to nursing homes explained, discussed; Julie Green's experience with nursing home and mother Julia Rocket detailed as ex. [GREEN - describes home's eviction of mother when she applied for Medicaid.] [William SOHINKI - notes father-in-law was denied admittance to nursing home until "donation" was made.] Sohinki's efforts in getting mother-in-law Bessie Bromberg accepted by nursing home described. [HEINZ - considers such "donations" extortion.] Section 1909D of Social Security Act pertaining to situation outlined on screen; findings of Senator investigation noted indicating widespread technique of nursing homes asking for "donations" from Medicaid recipients. [MOFFIE - denies practice is widespread.] Anticipated elderly population in next decade and economy implications for nursing homes noted. [HEINZ - cites possibility of current generation facing same situation.] [SOHINKI - will commit suicide before becoming burden to children.]
REPORTER: Karen Burnes

Burnes, Karen;
Jennings, Peter

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.