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.