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      Nursing home in Marion County loses Medicare and Medicaid funding

      Marion Nursing Center, Inc. is no longer receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding after it was found not to be in compliance with requirements for the programs, according to the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Now, patients either have to pay out of pocket or move.

      The nursing home lost its funding Sunday.

      Officials say they will continue making payments for those patients at the nursing center for up to 30 days until they can be placed in other facilities.

      Federal healthcare officials say they can't go into specifics right now as to why the funding was pulled, but will say they terminate funding to nursing homes due to patient care issues and if that care isn't provided in a safe environment.

      State healthcare officials met with the families of patients who receive Medicare and Medicaid services Tuesday afternoon at the nursing center.

      They will meet again with families at the center Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.

      Some families say they have until November 25 to find other facilities to place their loved ones, and they say that's frustrating.

      Other families say Marion Nursing Center has provided good care to their loved ones for year, and they don't understand what's going on.

      Families can keep their loved ones at the facility by paying out of pocket.

      According to a federal health inspection report, Marion Nursing Center has 88 beds for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

      NewsChannel 15 has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to learn the specifics of what happened. We're told we will get that report in the next 10 days.

      Our efforts to reach officials at the nursing home were unsuccessful.