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Byline: Colleen Diskin
Mar. 12--New Jersey lawmakers may not have it to give, but nursing home administrators and their employees are vowing a relentless campaign this year to shake more money out of the state's under-stuffed wallet.
The $20 million in additional state and federal Medicaid reimbursements that the nursing home lobby is requesting is one-sixth the amount the industry asked for and didn't get last year.
The pared-down request is a response to the state's budget woes. But it comes with a warning that more nursing homes will be on the verge of closure or bankruptcy unless Medicaid rates are increased, said Paul Langevin, president of the Health Care Association of New Jersey, which represents 200 of the state's …