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Emergency Preparedness Legislation Introduced in Congress

December 21, 2017

Legislation to improve emergency preparedness in nursing homes was introduced  in the House by Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz (FL) and Congressman Tim Walberg (MI) yesterday.  

The bill would:

  • Require nursing homes to have alternative sources of energy capable of heating, cooling and ventilation for at least 4 days;
  • Require measures under the Public Health Service Act to prioritize nursing homes in the same manner as hospitals with respect to health emergency preparedness; and
  • Authorize civil monetary penalties up to $100,000 for non-compliance resulting in a resident’s death.

Consumer Voice is pleased to have assisted Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz in considering policy options. 

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