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No official word on talks between Inclusa and Bethany Lutheran Homes

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No definitive word about talks between managed care provider Inclusa of Stevens Point and Bethany Lutheran Homes. 

As we reported, 70 residents received a letter from Inclusa dated January 3 saying Bethany would stop providing services by March 3, 2018.  Through a statement, Bethany told us "the decision to terminate the contract was initiated by Inclusa in an effort to reduce rates paid to Bethany.  Both sides indicated a desire to reach an agreement.  

Donna Gallup's 90-year-old mother has been staying at Bethany Lutheran Homes in Holmen for the past four years. Before that, her mother was on a waiting list for two years.

Gallup said she was angered when she received a letter in the mail notifying her of her mother's upcoming eviction.

"I was angry that someone could do this to the most vulnerable people of our community the people that are elderly who have been taxpayers they're whole and who at the very least deserve this kind of respect an care from those of us who are in positions of power to help them."

Gallup's mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's and she fears moving her to a new facility somewhere around the state will put strain on her health.

"Moving someone includes your memory skills and that's one of the things that they already have difficulty with," she said.. "So yes, moving will typically be very hard for anyone in my mom's position."

We've been told we will receive an official statement on the talks January 10.

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