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Following Governor Pat Quinn’s FY 2014 Budget Speech to the Illinois Assembly today, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) released details on the proposed FY2014 budget for its operation. “As is clear in his budget, Governor Quinn remains a steadfast advocate for Illinois veterans.”  said Erica Borggren, Director, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

“The increased funding he proposes for IDVA will provide for increased staffing at our Veterans’ Homes, helping us to meet our veterans’ care needs.” The proposed IDVA budget provides $6,548,000 funding to hire up to 173 direct care staff for the four Illinois Veteran Homes, which would allow the IDVA to meet the statutory standards of care required by the Illinois Nursing Home Safety Act (SB 326) (Public Act 96-1372), which was signed in into law by Gov. Quinn on July 29, 2010.  The Act mandated that by Jan. 1, 2014, all facilities will need to provide 3.8 hours of direct care staffing for every skilled care
resident.

If the proposed funding is not realized, the IDVA will likely be forced to dramatically reduce the number of available beds in the four Veterans’ Homes
by up to 358 beds. To find further offsets to increased staffing costs, the IDVA is actively seeking additional funding from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs though per diem fees and additional federal benefits to residents at our four Veterans’ Homes.  In a concerted initiative, IDVA Veteran Service Officers have surveyed all current residents and are assisting many in filing claims for additional federal veteran benefits. Additional details of the IDVA FY 2014 Budget is
available at budget.illinois.gov IDVA information can be found on pages 56-57 of theAgency Fact Sheets;


http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/budget/Documents/Budget%20Book/FY%202014/FY2014AgencyFactSheets.pdf.

 

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