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  • October is
    Residents' Rights Month!

    Residents' Rights Month is an annual event designated by the Consumer Voice and is celebrated in October to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities. The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2015 is "CARE Matters."

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    40 Words of Wisdom

    40 Words of Wisdom is a unique keepsake book featuring written entries and artwork created by residents around the nation sharing their words of wisdom, thoughts on care and creativity.

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    2015 Annual Conference

    The Consumer Voice Annual Conference is back in Washington, DC for 2015, with the theme, 40 Years of Making Quality Care Matter, and we can't wait to see you there!

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  • Proposed Changes to Federal Nursing Home Regulations Published

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed revisions to the federal nursing home regulations. View the regulations, access helpful advocacy resources, and learn how you can take action on this important issue!

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New, Easy Way to Comment on Federal Nursing Home Regulaitons October 06, 2015

The federal government has officially published its proposed revisions to the current regulations (also known as the Requirements of Participation) for nursing homes participating in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. Now is the time for interested individuals, groups and organizations to submit formal comments on the rule. The comment period has been extended, and the deadline is October 14th, 2015. Consumer Voice now has a very easy way for you and/or your organization to submit comments! Click below to find out more.

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Sign the petition to ban the use of arbitration agreements in nursing homes! August 24, 2015

We need your help! Public Citizen – a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization – has drafted a petition to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), asking for the agency to ban the use of pre-dispute, forced arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts.

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Support Round-the-Clock RN Coverage in Nursing Homes February 19, 2015

Great news! Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has re-introduced legislation - H.R. 952, the Put a Registered Nurse in the Nursing Home Act - calling for nursing homes to have a registered nurse (RN) on duty 24 hours a day/7 days a week! Now we need your help in moving the bill forward by asking your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor the bill.

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Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 Passes in the Senate July 21, 2015

Exciting news! The Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, S. 192 passed out of the U.S. Senate on on July 16th, 2015! Thanks to all of you who contacted your Senators asking them to support the bill - you helped make this success happen! Click above to learn more.

Action Update
Legislation to Require Round-the-Clock Registered Nurse Coverage in Nursing Homes Reintroduced in Congress February 19, 2015

Consumer Voice is pleased to share that Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has reintroduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to require round-the-clock registered nurse (RN) coverage in nursing homes. H.R. 952, the Put a Registered Nurse in the Nursing Home Act, was reintroduced by Congresswoman Schakowsky in the 114th Congress last Thursday, February 12th, and we need your help again in advocating for its passage! Click above to learn more.

Action Update
Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize Older Americans Act Introduced in the U.S. Senate January 26, 2015

Great news! Bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act has already been introduced in the new 114th Congress. S. 192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, was introduced by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). This bill would update and strengthen the current Older Americans Act (OAA) law and includes provisions that would aid long-term care consumers. We need your help in moving it forward!

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NORC is Hiring a Program and Outreach Associate September 17, 2015

The National LTC Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) is seeking a Program and Outreach Associate. Click below to learn more.

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CMS Extends Comment Period for Federal Nursing Home Regulations September 11, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the agency will be extending the comment period 30 days for the proposed nursing home regulations. Individuals and organizations will now have until October 14th at 5 PM ET to submit their comments to CMS on the proposed rule.

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New Report on Nursing Home Deficiencies, Staffing and Resident/Facility Characteristics Released August 11, 2015

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has released a new report by Charlene Harrington and Helen Carrillo of the University of California San Francisco analyzing nursing home data from 2009 to 2014, including rates of facility deficiencies and staffing levels. Click below to learn more.

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