Deal drops two who questioned nursing home hike

Deal drops two who questioned nursing home hike

Two members of Georgia's Department of Community Health board got a call Thursday afternoon telling them they were being replaced by Gov. Nathan Deal just five hours after a $26 million rate hike for the politically powerful nursing home industry stalled at a board meeting.

The governor's office said Friday the timing was a coincidence. It said the decision not to reappoint the two board members — one of whom voted against the hike previously and another who publicly raised questions about it — had been made well before Thursday's decision on the nursing home rate issue.