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Chippewa County votes to eliminate home health care program


Chippewa County (WQOW) -- With a 10-1 vote on Tuesday, the Chippewa County Board voted to eliminate the county's home health care program.

The program will officially end on March 13.

Seven people will lose their job and nearly 60 patients will need to find another health care provider. Chippewa County Administrator Scholz said the health department will be working alongside area hospitals and home care agencies to help patients transition to a new provider.

Scholz told News 18 that a decline in Medicare reimbursements kept the program from being sustainable. In fact, in 2019 the program exceeded its budget by $54,000.

Patients enrolled in the program will still be able to keep their services through March 13.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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