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Vermont Veterans' Home to Plan for Funding Loss

The trustees of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington are going to begin planning for a future without funding from the federal government.

Trustee President Joseph L. Krawczyk Jr. said the Sept. 26 meeting will focus on "operating strategies."

Last week the trustees revealed that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will stop paying for the care of veterans at the home due to deficiencies that included failure to report abuse in a timely manner and improper dressing of a wound.

The Bennington Banner reports the loss of the $12 million In federal funding would cause the home's census to drop from about 155 to 50.

Another inspection is set for Sept. 28. If the deficiencies are not corrected, funding will end Sept. 30.

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