FRANKFORT, Ky. (February 23, 2017) –Today, the House passed a measure which commits $10.5 million in matching state bonding funds for a veteran’s nursing home in Bowling Green. House Bill 13, sponsored by Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville, completes a necessary step for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to begin construction on the facility.
“The brave men and women who have selflessly served our country deserve accessible healthcare,” said Rep. Meredith, who has led the charge on this issue since 2016. “South central Kentucky has seen immense growth, leading to an underserved population of veterans. This legislation will ensure funds for the facility are matched through the state, and those who have worn the uniform will not be forgotten about. I thank the House for passing this measure and supporting Kentucky’s veterans.”
The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) conducted a market assessment and feasibility study for the State Veterans’ Nursing Home Program. Upon reviewing the placement of future facilities, KDVA concluded that south central Kentucky was the area most in need of a veterans’ nursing home.
The measure passed the House 99-0. It heads to the Senate for consideration and, if passed, will be signed by the Governor into law.