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Lawmakers lay out proposed nursing home regulations

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

State lawmakers are out with new nursing home legislation a day after atask forcedelivered its own recommendations for the industry.

Michigan’s nursing homes have been hard hit by COVID-19. Residents in care facilities account for about a third of Michigan’s COVID-19 deaths.

State Representative Leslie Love (D-Detroit) says the bill package compliments the list of 28 recommendations that a special task force delivered to Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week.

“What the task force presented to us are recommendations. They are a foundation...a starting point,” says Love. “Now the task is for legislators to do the work.”

The bills address a wide range of issues, likeincreasing wages for care facility employees.

One of the bills also revises Michigan's regional hub policyfor nursing home patients with COVID-19.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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