Sanders Welcomes Good News for Vermont Veterans’ Home

BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 19 – U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed a finding by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the state-run Vermont Veterans Home passed an inspection and is no longer in danger of losing Medicare and Medicaid funding.

“I am very pleased that CMS found the Vermont Veterans’ Home ‘in compliance’ and that federal funding will not be withdrawn from that facility,” Sanders said.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I am pleased at the progress we are seeing at the veterans’ home. I am committed to making sure the men and women who have served our country in uniform receive the benefits they have earned and deserve. The veterans of our state and region are entitled to the best quality nursing care possible, and that is what the veterans’ home must provide,” Sanders said.

Sanders on Aug. 8 hosted a meeting in Montpelier with senior officials in Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration and representatives from the home, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and CMS to look at ways to prevent an interruption in the home’s funding.