Legislation to Block CMS’ Nursing Home Staffing Mandate Gaining Steam Among Senators
Companion legislation to block the nursing home minimum staffing proposal is due to be introduced next week by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) – more co-sponsors are anticipated, delaying the bill’s introduction to some time next week.
That’s according to Sen. Fischer’s office. It’s a good delay to have, a spokesperson said in an email to Skilled Nursing News. The increased co-sponsor interest means that the legislation is gaining momentum. The upcoming legislation will coincide with H.R. 5796, Protecting Rural Seniors’ Access to Care Act.
Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) originally introduced the House bill in October, which aims to stop the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from finalizing the proposal – and instead require a nursing home workforce advisory panel be created.