Legislation aims to increase protections for nursing home residents

Local News

NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — New bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that aims to protect older adults in nursing facilities.

The Promote Responsible Oversight & Targeted Employee Background Check Transparency for Seniors, or PROTECTS Act, would expand access to the national practitioner data bank for Medicaid and Medicare, which allows providers to conduct background checks on potential workers. 

The data bank is used to ensure workers don’t have a history of malpractice. That’s something Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is concerned about.

“The PROTECTS Act would help improve the standards of care at long term care facilities by bringing more transparency, workforce quality and protecting our seniors and long term care patients,” said Senator Gillibrand.

The PROTECTS Act has already been endorsed by the American Health Care Association and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

More from NewsChannel 9:

For more local news, follow NewsChannel 9 on Twitter @NewsChannel9

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Live Doppler 9 Map Center

CNY View

CNY View

CNY View

Oswego Area

Oswego Area

Syracuse Area

Syracuse Area