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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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    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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  • Ensure Another 40 Years of Making
    Quality Care Matter

    2015 marks our 40th anniversary and we invite you to join us in celebrating “40 years of making quality care matter!” We invite you to contribute to our special campaign to ensure that all persons who will be dependent on long-term care services have a voice speaking up for their needs and their rights.

    Learn more about our 40th Anniversary and the Campaign
  • Consumer Voice Gem:
    Efforts to Preserve the Federal Nursing Home Reform Law

    In honor of the 40-year ruby anniversary, we will highlight Consumer Voice’s Gems which include key leaders, organizations, and special moments that have made a significant impact on our organization’s development, mission, and advocacy. This month's gem is Consumer Voice's efforts to preserve the federal Nursing Home Reform Law.

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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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Help Fight Efforts to Restrict Long-Term Care Consumers’ Access to the Civil Justice System January 12, 2015

Legislative efforts are under way at the state level to restrict long-term care consumers’ access to the civil justice system. Click above to learn more and how you can help advocate against such efforts.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Breaking: Proposed Revisions to the Federal Nursing Home Regulations Now Published July 21, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 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. Click below to learn more and read Consumer Voice’s initial statement on the proposed rule.

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Consumer Voice Responds to WHCOA Brief on Long-Term Services and Supports June 15, 2015

Consumer Voice has submitted a response to several discussion questions posed by the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) in their policy brief on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS).  Consumer Voice responded by making five recommendations to complement the WHCOA’s brief on the topic.

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