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Bill Before Congress: Background Checks for People Working with Frail Elders

by Derrick

Legislative Action Alert!

Concerned about the help you’ll be getting when/if you need long-term care assistance?

Don’t like the thought of an ex-con providing care for a loved one?

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that anyone with an interest in protecting vulnerable seniors should contact their elected officials about. S 631 Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act is the bill and it’s sponsored by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) with 13 other Senators as Co-Sponsors

The bill provides for a nationwide expansion of a pilot program for national and State background checks on direct patient access employees of long-term care facilities or long-term care providers. The bill expands on a 3-year pilot project that was authorized under the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act. The pilot project prevented more than 7,000 applicants with criminal records from working with frail seniors. Unfortunately, some long-term care workers have used their positions to abuse elders or steal from them. I would urge anyone reading this to contact their Congressional representatives and urge them to support this bill.

You can locate/contact your U.S. Representative by clicking here. You can locate/contact your U.S. Senator by clicking here.

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