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Consumer Voice and Other Advocacy Organizations Send Letter to Senate Leadership to Include Protections of Nursing Home Residents in Build Back Better

December 08, 2021

Consumer Voice and 79 national and state advocacy organizations sent a letter urging Senate leadership to include important provisions for increased protections for nursing home residents in the Build Back Better Act.

If passed, these provisions would result in the most significant increase in protections for nursing home residents in decades.

The provisions would address insufficient staffing by:

  • Providing a necessary path towards achieving minimum staffing standards; 

  • Requiring nursing homes to have a registered nurse on staff 24 hours per day; 

  • Providing necessary funds to improve the survey and oversight process; provide funding that improves the accuracy and reliability of certain skilled nursing facility data; and 

  • Ensuring accurate information on Medicare cost reports. 

These provisions in the Build Back Better Act are a critical step in the right direction.

Read the letter.

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