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Burns vows to fight bill that would close Ebensburg State Center

State Rep. Frank Burns said he vows to fight against a proposed bill that would close the Ebensburg State Center. (WJAC)

EBENSBURG - State Rep. Frank Burns said he vows to fight against a proposed bill that would close the Ebensburg State Center.

The bill in question, which was proposed in March by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, would shut down the five remaining intermediate care facilities in the state, including the Ebensburg location.

Burns said while he understands the desire to cut costs, he wants to hear from family members before action is taken.

“Before we go changing a system that has literally kept people alive, sometimes beyond medical expectation, there should be a full vetting and support from all stakeholders, starting with those who have loved ones in the Ebensburg State Center," he said.

Burns said passage of the bill is not imminent.

The Ebensburg facility houses 221 residents and has 702 employees.

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