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Nursing Homes Closing Kids' Units

Even as the state fends off two federal lawsuits over its practice of placing disabled children in nursing homes, the facilities themselves are backing away from the profitable but controversial business. 

As the Miami Herald reports, Orlando Health & Rehabilitation is closing “Grandma’s House,” its 40-bed pediatric wing.

Earlier reports have noted that a similar wing at Golden Glades Nursing & Rehabilitation in Miami Gardens closed earlier this year, and Tampa’s Lakeshore Villas closed entirely after losing federal Medicare and Medicaid funding.

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