In the wake of the New York State Attorney General’s recent revelations about sky-high deaths and dangerous conditions in New York’s nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading resident and worker advocates are calling on State leaders to prioritize nursing home reform in the 2021-22 State Budget.

AARP New York, healthcare workers union 1199SEIU and The Long Term Care Community Coalition sent a joint letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie urging enactment of reforms to:

  • Ensure nursing homes provide sufficient hours of care to residents;
  • Require facilities spend a “significant portion” of their revenue on resident care and address the way some owners divert taxpayer dollars toward excessive profits through complicated financial arrangements between multiple corporations;
  • Improve infection control enforcement; and
  • Ensure families are able to effectively advocate for their loved ones in nursing homes and visit them safely.

Read the full letter in PDF below.

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