( Cincinnati ) - A lack of beds available for senior citizens in nursing homes in northern Kentucky has been forcing many to move into facilities in southwestern Ohio.

Reports say that Ohio taxpayers are covering almost half the costs of many of the displaced Kentucky residents. According to the Ohio Department of Aging, the greater Cincinnati area has nearly 12,000 certified beds. Many assisted living facilities have recently opened in the area and are starting to tap into the northern Kentucky market.

The investigation shows Ohio residents pay more than $6 million per year for Medicaid patients from the neighboring state who are living in nursing homes in southwest Ohio.