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Elderly may lose homes if contract disputes are not resolved soon

In Ohio and beyond, a disagreement between parties who have signed a contract together can have a ripple effect that negatively impacts others. An example of this can be found in a current situation in another state where contract disputes have threatened approximately 70 elderly residents of an assisted care facility with eviction. Family members of the residents have come forward to express their dire concerns.

The daughter of a 91-year-old resident says she is distraught that her mother will have to move far away from her if administrators of her current residence do not find a solution to their current contract problems. Loved ones of other residents have expressed similar concerns. At issue between the nursing facility and the insurance vendor in question is the residential rate.

The facility has cared for residents through its current program for nearly 20 years. A spokesperson for the residence says its greatest hope is that the current problems will be resolved so residents can continue receiving the high quality care the facility has always provided. The residence is an affiliated member of a larger health care system that includes at least 20 churches and 10 other facilities.

It's not uncommon for contract disputes to arise when rates, fees and pay issues are up for negotiation. Many contentious battles can be avoided if those involved rely on experienced support from business and commercial law attorneys. An Ohio attorney can often bring new perspective and viable options to the table and can help parties achieve a compromise that protects the rights and interests of all involved.

Source: lacrossetribune.com, "70 Bethany Lutheran residents fear eviction in Medicaid contract dispute", Mike Tighe, Jan. 9, 2018

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