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Legislation offers 'home-run swing' for state nursing homes

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Twenty years ago, Oklahoma had more than 400 licensed nursing homes. Now, the state has fewer than 300, with the number continuing to drop.

Even the industry's biggest advocates say the decline is not entirely bad news. Some homes provided poor care and needed to close, they acknowledge.

But it's also a sign of the financial strain that nursing homes find themselves under, with Medicaid funding falling well short of actual expenses.

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