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Policy & Advocacy

Recent Advocacy

Consumer Voice submitted comments to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to their Notice of of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that included requests for information regarding the implementation of a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes and input on measuring health disparities in resident outcomes.  Consumer Voice's comments strongly supported CMS's proposal to implement a minimum staffing standard. 


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Legislation We're Supporting

Linking Investors and Nursing Home Quality (LINHQ) Act would bring transparency into nursing home ownership and financial activity by requiring nursing homes and parties with ownership interests to disclose ownership and financial information each year. 

Infrastructure Modernization Project Related to the Overall Enhancement of Nursing Homes Act (IMPROVE Nursing Homes Act) would provide funding for resident-centered nursing homes by creating a grant program to convert traditional nursing homes into small-house nursing homes with person-centered cultures.

Essential Caregivers Act would permit designated essential caregivers to enter long-term care facilities to provide care and support during a public health emergency.

The Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability Act of 2021 would increase transparency, accountability, and oversight in nursing homes, improve staffing, and support innovation in the structure and culture of these facilities.

The Elder Justice Reauthorization and Modernization Act of 2021 would increase funding for the long-term care Ombudsman program; provide funding for long-term care workforce development; and provide grants and training for community-based organizations.


Consumer Voice Policy Framework

In June 2021, Consumer Voice, along with other advocacy organizations, created a framework for nursing home reform post COVID-19. To address the longstanding problems in the long-term care system, as well as those exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we provide a baseline framework with recommendations in six critical areas that need reform:

1.)  Staffing and workforce;
2.)  Regulation and enforcement;
3.)  Ownership and management standards, transparency, and accountability for quality;
4.)  Government payment systems, financial transparency, and accountability;
5.)  Structural changes in the long-term care delivery system; and
6.)  Nursing home redesign and rebuilding.


Long-Term Care Issues & Resources