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Plan would increase costs for Ill. veterans

Posted by wlpo on March 24, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn is proposing a plan that would increase the cost of staying in Illinois’ four nursing homes for veterans by as much as 45%.

Quinn has asked lawmakers to approve a $400 per month increase in the maintenance fee for veterans’ home residents. The plan is designed to bring in about $3.5 million to help operate the state nursing homes in Anna, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs says the current $929 per resident monthly maintenance fee hasn’t been increased since 1979. Spokeswoman Sabrina Miller says, if approved by lawmakers, the increase would go into effect July 1.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Dan Grant says the proposed $1,329 rate will cover less than 17 % of the actual cost of caring for the estimated 1,000 veterans who live at the four homes.

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