Nursing home accountability bill heads to the House

Illinois Capitol News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA)– A bill meant to hold nursing homes accountable for under staffing the Senate.

The proposal would require that nursing homes maintain minimum staffing requirements from the state. Violators of the mandates would be held to higher fines and punishments. Senator Jacqueline Collins says the bill is all about making sure enough people are on hand to keep residents safe.

“It’s a compliment to all the advocates who have fought so hard and the workers, this benefits them. We had someone testify in committee she was supposed to be responsible for 10 members and ended up looking after 70. With that workload and the industry indicating that it is hard to find people or staff that is the reason why,”  said the Chicago senator.

Earlier this month, nursing home employees took to the state house, urging lawmakers to get the bill passed. The bill came out of the Senate by a vote of 39 to 19. It goes the House floor for debate next.

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