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STATE VETERANS HOME ADOPTS GRADUATED FEE STRUCTURE

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Veterans Home of California, Yountville, will transition to a graduated fee schedule on Feb. 1, 1994.
 This new structure will take into account the increased costs with the higher levels of health care provided to veterans at the home.
 Previously, Veterans Home residents have been assessed a flat 50 percent of their income, regardless of their healthcare requirements.
 The new fee structure sets the assessment for residential care at 55 percent of income. Fees for intermediate level care and skilled nursing will be 65 percent and 70 percent, respectively.
 The changes were required by the State of California Budget Act (SB 80) adopted July 1, 1993, which directed the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) to obtain a greater portion of the operating expenses for the home from fees and charges to residents.
 In announcing the restructuring, retired Marine Col. Jay R. Vargas, CDVA director, commended the home management for maintaining the level of service provided to the state's veterans by holding down costs and improving efficiencies in the operation of the home.
 "Given the legislative mandate and the state's budget crisis," he said, "This 'graduated' system is the best of all possible alternatives ... we will continue to work for legislation that will stabilize the member fee structure."
 Home Administrator retired Navy Capt. P. Michael Reber called the restructuring alternative "by far the fairest, both to members of the Veterans Home and to the taxpayers of California."
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 /CONTACT: Steve Janosco of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, 916-653-2561/


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