Shumlin Says Veterans Home Will Keep Federal Funding

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Governor Peter Shumlin says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will continue funding the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

The home was undergoing an inspection Wednesday and had faced possible decertification after deficiencies were found earlier this year. The home was required to correct at least three deficiencies, including an alleged assault of a resident by a nurse.

Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding says CMS regulators were justified in wanting to ensure that the management and board were taking proactive steps to address any shortfalls.

"And I think that the board and the management and the staff should be congratulated that they rose to the challenge, and CMS has determined that they are not going to pull the federal funding for the residents at the Veterans Home that are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare," Spaulding says.

Spaulding says the state is going to continue to work with the Veterans Home to make sure that services will continue to improve at the facility.


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