Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Block CMS Staffing Proposal – Most Recently With Senate Bill

December 6, 2023

Legislation to block the nursing home minimum staffing proposal gained major traction this week, as a bill introduced on the Senate floor late Tuesday received more bipartisan support.

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) led the way with the Protecting Rural Seniors’ Access to Care Act, which aims to stop the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from finalizing the minimum staffing proposal – along with requiring that a nursing home workforce advisory panel be created.

The Senate bill is endorsed by more than 90 organizations, according to Fischer’s office. In addition to Senator Fischer, the legislation is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Angus King (I-Maine).

Read the full story from Skilled Nursing News here.