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Eventide CEO reacts to late $300 million funding from Minnesota Legislature

Jon Riewer says the one time funding is appreciated, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done moving forward to address funding issues for nursing homes in the state.

The Eventide on Eighth Care Center in Moorhead.
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MOORHEAD — Minnesota nursing homes received a late $300 million funding boost from the state Legislature on May 20, but Eventide CEO Jon Riewer says there's more work to be done.

He said he's grateful that the much needed funding eventually went through, but wishes it had happened sooner in the session.

Riewer also wanted lawmakers to focus on a long-term funding solution rather than just a quick fix.

"They've provided us the bilge, we haven't fixed the crack in the hull. And that can only be done by some systemic changes to how reimbursement works going forward. But certainly for the next couple years, it's very helpful," Riewer said.

But he said the one time $300 million funding given to nursing homes across the state will help Eventide address workforce issues in their Minnesota locations.


"We're going through some pretty incredible inflationary changes right now and we've got to stay competitive with our own staff, and this will go a long way to helping us do that in the short term," Riewer said.

Riewer also said he hopes changes will be made to the state's licensing regulations in the next legislative session.

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