When Governor Peter Shumlin announced that the state was facing a $100 million dollar deficit earlier this year, one thing placed immediately on the chopping block was funding for the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington.
Last week the board of the Veterans' Home met to discuss cost saving measures. They decided to reduce their capacity from 170 beds to 130. That will lower their Medicaid tax burden by $200,000 dollars. The home will also save money by not filling 13 open positions. But that still leaves them over $2 million dollars in the hole.
Melissa Jackson, CEO of the Vermont Veteran’s Home, spoke with Vermont Edition about the way forward for the Home.