State and federal regulations prohibit nursing homes from discriminating against individuals because of their payment source.
But New York's top nursing homes admit poor people at a lower rate than the state's worst nursing homes.
At the five-star nursing homes, 7 percent of the new residents in 2017 were Medicaid admissions – poor people whose bills were paid by Medicaid from Day One, The Buffalo News determined from state Department of Health data from 2017.
At the one-star nursing homes, 15 percent of the new residents were Medicaid admissions.
Below is a searchable database showing every nursing home in New York, its location by city and county, its federal star rating (5 is best, 1 is worst), its number of poor people admitted on Medicaid in 2017, its total admissions in 2017, and the percentage of its admissions that were Medicaid admissions. To search for a specific nursing home or all of the nursing homes in a city or county, click the magnifying glass symbol on the top right and type in the name of the home, the city or the county.