One of the things that Mike Hein got dead wrong, then, is the privatization of Golden Hill. And things aren't going to plan right from the get go:
Ulster County legislators have agreed to sell the county’s certified home health agency license and its long-term health care program license for $400,000 — an amount far less than the $1.4 million they anticipated receiving in 2010, when the Legislature agreed to get out of the home healthcare business and sell its licenses.$1 million isn't chump change. It's enough to pay 20 Fawn Tantillos for the purely nominal work they do, for example.
The value of the licenses plummeted in December after the state lifted an 18-year moratorium on the issuance of new licenses, opening up the market to private companies that previously had been unable to obtain them.
Liston Health Care Inc., which operates in Ulster County under the name Willcare, had offered the county $1.4 million for the county’s licenses in 2010 when the county decided to get out of the business.
As the years roll by, expect Willcare to trim services as a way to increase their bottom line. It's how these companies roll.
Privatizing Golden Hill was a huge mistake, and in the long run the county's seniors will be the ones to pay the price.