Pa.’s U.S. senators team up on bipartisan plan to reform oversight for nursing homes

Written by on November 18, 2020

 Pa.’s U.S. senators team up on bipartisan plan to reform oversight for nursing homes

By Genesis Ortega

November 18, 2020

This photo collage shows Sen. Bob Casey (D), left, and Sen. Pat Toomey (R), right. AP Photos.

U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey are teaming up on bipartisan legislation for nursing home reform.

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The bill aims to increase accountability for the poorest performing nursing homes and to expand a program that provides oversight for these facilities. 

According to Senators Toomey and Casey, right now there are more than 500 facilities nationwide that have failed to meet federal rules on safety and care — but less than a fifth are chosen to participate in the program. 

COVID deaths among nursing home residents and staff make up 65% of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus deaths.

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