Elder Justice Act Approved by Senate Finance Committee
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Sep 19, 2008 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights
The Senate Finance Committee approved two bills that seek to prevent neglect and abuse of elderly patients in long term care facilities.
One bill would authorize $777 million to establish state and local training and assistance programs for long-term care employees. In addition, the legislation would establish a database used to identify and track elder abuse cases.
The second bill, sponsored by Wisconsins own Sen. Herb Kohl, would seek to establish a nationwide system of background checks to screen potential long-term care employees for a history of abuse or a violent criminal record. The legislation would provide as much as $160 million in grants over three years to states that seek to participate in the program.
According to one government news reporting agency, the Senate has a limited number of days to try to reach agreement with the House on the bills, which groups representing Americas elderly are pushing as a major priority.