State Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) is calling on federal officials to approve a variance that would help the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans to improve its services for local vets.
Currently, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) require skilled nursing facilities like the Jacobetti Home to provide a bathroom in each resident's room. The Jacobetti Home currently offers some residents individual bathrooms, but also has a number of bathrooms that are shared by two residents.
"Unfortunately, bureaucratic rules are standing in the way of some of the military veterans living at the home from receiving Medicare and Medicaid benefits simply because of the type of bathrooms in the facility," McBroom said in a press release. "I strongly urge CMS to approve the requested variance.”
The variance sought by McBroom would make an exception for the Jacobetti Home, which would allow the facility to potentially care for more Medicare and Medicaid-eligible veterans.
“Veterans desiring to live there should not be financially hindered by a rule on sharing a bathroom when they already know and accept that reality,” McBroom said in a press release.
McBroom's resolution requesting the variance from federal authorities is currently under review in the Michigan Senate.