Alabama nursing homes are struggling to find funding as the state faces a record number of hospital closures.
The state’s two largest nursing homes, Springhill and Auburn, have already shut down and have faced an unprecedented wave of new federal closures and the closing of some state-owned properties.
More than 3,000 nursing homes across the state have closed since last summer, according to a recent report from the Alabama Health Care System.
The shortage has led to a sharp drop in nursing home investment and led to the fall of a nursing home company’s stock.
Springhill’s stock dropped 5% to $2.72 on Wednesday on news of the fires at the two Alabama hospitals.
The company was down 6% in the past week.
The deaths of two other Alabama nursing houses in the last month are also a reminder of the crisis.
One of them, The Springs, has been shut down for more than a year.
The Springs’ owners are asking the Alabama General Assembly to lift a state ban on the sale of nursing homes.
The law has been in place since the early 1990s.
In Alabama, nursing homes can only be sold if they meet certain standards.
One of the standards is that the facility must be a nursing facility.
But in the two weeks since the fires, the state has had to close two nursing homes that did not meet that standard.
In February, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that the ban was unconstitutional and blocked the sale.
A state appeals court has since issued a preliminary injunction blocking the sale, and a federal appeals court last week sided with the state.
In recent months, Alabama has also faced a wave of closures at a number of state-run facilities.
The state is still grappling with the fallout from the fire at the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
More:The department’s former chief executive, who was fired by Gov.
Robert Bentley after being indicted on corruption charges, is under investigation by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.
The Alabama Health System has been under a state of emergency since last spring after it closed its nursing homes in December and January.
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