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Measure to Provide Nursing Home Residents with Timely Response to Complaints, Concerns Clears Assembly Committee

Looking to ensure that nursing homes respond to resident complaints, concerns and requests in a timely manner, and take corrective action when necessary, a measure that would amend the statutory list of nursing home resident rights to include such assurances cleared the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee Monday.

The bill (A-4282) is sponsored by Assembly Democrats Clinton Calabrese (D-Bergen, Passaic), Mila Jasey (Essex, Morris) and Eric Houghtaling (Monmouth) who released the following joint statement:

“This measure would mandate that nursing home residents receive a timely response to questions and issues concerning their health, safety, and welfare, as well as conditions in the nursing home.

“It also gives them the right to receive help from the nursing home, within their capacity to provide, upon discharge. This assistance could range from navigating insurance questions, payments and related matters. Nursing home residents should feel confident that their concerns are being heard and addressed in a timely manner.”

The bill now awaits further consideration by the Assembly.