Irma: Florida nursing home loses Medicaid funding

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Three Broward County lawmakers have asked Gov. Rick Scott to initiate an independent state investigation into the deaths Wednesday of eight residents of a Hollywood nursing home. Police said they have obtained a search warrant for the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which has a history of citations and poor inspections.

"As we arrived with our fire rescue crews we found people in respiratory distress", Story said.

Meanwhile, Sanchez said police officers had been assigned to check the other 42 assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the city "to make sure they're in sufficient care of the elderly". Growing concerned, Anderson placed two more calls to what she believed was the Governor's cell phone - one call at 9:59 a.m. and another at 12:41 p.m.

In Fort Myers, the President told first responders: "When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number". "But the United States Coast Guard, FEMA, working along with Gov. (Rick) Scott, they've really done an unbelievable job", adding that "power is being turned on rapidly", he said. The scene at the nursing home was chaotic: Sweltering heat filled the building, where the air conditioning had been knocked out since Sunday. "There's no need for it".

According to the state report, "the facility was not able to produce any written documentation to substantiate the emergency generator", and could not provide proof at the time that plans for a permanent generator had been submitted. The next step will be to file it.

Back in Hollywood with so many questions still unanswered, this nursing home is another place where Irma's impact will continue to be felt as recovery efforts continue in the sunshine state.

Official death toll from Hurricane Irma in the U.S. now stands at 24
Official death toll from Hurricane Irma in the U.S. now stands at 24

There are nearly 700 rehabilitation centers in the state, and at least 150 of them are still without power, as the Florida Health Care Association stated. They don't sweat as much, they are more likely to have medical conditions that change how the body responds to heat, and they are more likely to take medication that affects body temperature. Causes of death have not been released for that person or any of the others who died at the facility. The chief said authorities have not ruled anything out in the deaths, including carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.

A criminal investigation is now underway into what exactly happened Wednesday morning.

In a separate statement, the Florida Department of Health's Mara Gambineri wrote "this facility is located across the street from one of Florida's largest hospitals, which never lost power and had fully operating facilities".

Craig said the facility was already understaffed, and they just couldn't handle the undertaking once Hurricane Irma hit.

"Did the system break down somewhere between the nursing home itself and the power company and emergency operations folks?"

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