A skilled nursing home in Iola will be closing its doors. Iola Living Assistance’s Board of Directors has voted to close their Skilled Nursing Facility, citing decreasing occupancy levels, inadequate Medicaid reimbursement rates, and a shortage of direct care workers. The facility has been in operation since the mid 1960’s, with Iola Living Assistance adding independent living, and assisted living facilities in more recent years, with those services continuing to provide needed care to the community. According to Leading Age Wisconsin, the state has the 2nd highest losses for Medicaid reimbursement in the U.S. The average monetary loss for caring for a Medicaid resident in Wisconsin in 2018 was over 75 dollars per day. This year in Wisconsin, 17 skilled nursing facilities have closed their doors.