The Affinity Nursing Home on North Boulevard in Baton Rouge is a one-star ranked nursing home, which is the worst ranking in the federal government's five-star rating system. Almost half of the state's nursing homes are rated one or two stars, which means they're below average or much below average.  In Louisiana, state policies favor nursing homes giving elderly and disabled people less access to at-home care programs.

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Profits over Patients: The Advocate takes a deep dive into Louisiana's powerful nursing home industry, which donates millions of dollars to elected officials across the state. As a result, nursing homes, ranked last in the nation in quality, have seen their budgets soar in a punishing financial climate where everyone from higher education to hospitals has seen dramatic reductions. Meanwhile, home-and community-based services, a less expensive alternative to nursing homes which are preferred by the elderly, are floundering for lack of state support. And a reform plan that would boost home- and community-based services, while generating more than $130 million for the state annually, has been snubbed, in part because of pressure from nursing home leaders who oppose it. 

Story 1: Inside Louisiana's nursing home system that values profits over patients

Story 2: For Louisiana, waves of cash prompt favorable policy

Story 3: How lawmakers, politicians voted to enrich Louisiana nursing homes, instead of saving money

Our View: Nursing home policies should be scandal 

Stephanie Grace: Nursing homes are faring just fine in Louisiana, unlike many of their patients 

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