The nursing home arbitration bill (S. 2838) passed the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee last month without any amendments. This is a key step toward giving elderly residents and their families the ability to hold nursing homes and assisted living facilities accountable for abuse and neglect. Although the committee took a voice vote, three Senators wanted to be on record as voting no. They were Senators Jeff Sessions, Orrin Hatch, and Tom Coburn, all Republicans. One other Senator, Chuck Grassley, voted present. The bill will now go to the floor for a full vote, although that hadn’t been scheduled at press time. If you have questions regarding the legislation, you can contact David Arkush in Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division at 202-588-1000. If you support this important bill, contact your Senators and ask them to vote for people and not Corporate America on this badly-needed legislation.
Source: Public Citizen
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