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New York Lawmakers Want To Strip Nursing Homes of Coronavirus Lawsuit Immunity – New York Post

Two state legislators from New York City have announced a bill that would repeal the controversial law that shields nursing homes and hospitals from liability during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the New York Post. On April 3, Governor Cuomo signed the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act, granting healthcare facilities and their employees “immunity from any liability, civil or Read More >>

John Dalli Warns That Immunity for Nursing Homes Will Cause More Resident Deaths – New York Daily News

By granting nursing homes immunity from liability for negligent care during the COVID-19 health emergency, Governor Cuomo has taken away from elderly residents the protections that the law provides to keep them safe in these facilities. The regulations that the Governor lifted have been in place for over 50 years and are the one thing that kept owners of nursing homes in check: laws with teeth Read More >>

Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Deaths Surge and Could Even Be Higher According to Latest CDC Data – NPR

More than 60,000 front-line healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19 while more than 300 have died according to an NPR story on the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). What’s more disturbing is that the data doesn’t provide a complete picture of the coronavirus impact among front-line healthcare workers “because only 21% of the case reports sent Read More >>

NYC Councilman Says Bipartisan Pressure Mounting for Probe of Cuomo’s “Backward” Nursing Home Order – FOX News

New York City Councilman Joseph Borelli told FOX News there are now bipartisan calls for an investigation of Governor Cuomo’s controversial order on March 25 that required nursing homes to accept or re-admit all COVID-19 positive patients. Borelli said that elected officials should be given some “leeway” in making hard decisions during difficult circumstances, but he added: “You don’t have Read More >>

Residents Fear Nursing Home Legal Immunity Amid Crisis – Barron’s

Advocates and attorneys for nursing home residents warn that many states – including New York – have granted immunity to skilled nursing facilities for care they provide during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a story by Eleanor Laise in Barron’s. Advocates for the elderly fear that such blanket protection will make it easier for facilities to cover up negligence and the abuse of elderly Read More >>

John Dalli: Elderly Nursing Home Residents Still At Risk Despite Cuomo’s Revised Policies on Staff Testing and Reporting – New York Post

Governor Cuomo’s new executive order requiring staff testing and reporting at nursing homes during this pandemic does nothing to keep elderly residents from risk, according to John Dalli, a partner in the law firm Dalli & Marino LLP, in the May 13 edition of the New York Post. Dalli says these risks are compounded by the immunity these skilled nursing facilities now have in providing Read More >>

Governor Cuomo: “Protecting Nursing Home Residents Is Our Top Priority” During New York’s COVID-19 Outbreak

Early in his COVID-19 press briefing today, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared, “Protecting nursing homes residents is our top priority” before outlining additional rules that skilled nursing facilities must follow during this pandemic which has claimed the lives of over 3,500 New York State nursing home residents. The Governor explained how the nursing home system works in the state of New York:  Read More >>

Petition Asks To Stop NY Mandate “That Will Kill Our Most Vulnerable Nursing Home Residents” – Change.org

A petition on Change.org is asking New York Governor Cuomo to reconsider his March 26th mandate requiring nursing homes to accept patients infected with COVID-19: “Keeping the elderly safe from COVID-19 should be America's number one priority…Not only are they the most vulnerable in contracting the virus, but they are at the highest risk of dying once infected. “Not only are positive Read More >>

State Considers End To “Spousal Refusal” To Pay For Nursing Home Care – Newsday

New York State may end the practice of “spousal refusal” for elderly couples, which many argue keeps one spouse out of poverty as Medicaid pays for the other’s nursing home care, according to a story by NEWSDAY’s Michael Gormley. With spousal refusal, the “well” spouse can legally refuse to pay for a nursing home for the other, redirecting the bill to Medicaid. But Governor Cuomo has mandated a Read More >>

Nursing Home Oversight: Governor Signs Bill Expanding Reporting, Enforcement Processes

From the Office of New York State Assembly Member, Richard N. Gottfried: A new law expanding nursing home reporting requirements, quality oversight, and financial transparency was signed by (New York) Governor Cuomo on December 16. The bill, A4757A/S5908, was sponsored by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera. The new law: Requires Read More >>