A License for Neglect

As we all know, COVID-19 is particularly fatal to older adults with underlying conditions, and that the virus can spread faster in congregate facilities such as nursing homes. In fact, over 28,000 residents and employees have died from the coronavirus at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the U.S., according to a New York Times database.

It’s tragic enough to lose a loved one to the coronavirus, knowing he/she was alone and probably afraid, but now families are learning that the nursing home industry may be immune from lawsuits over how facilities treated patients during the pandemic.

This is an industry that has always wanted immunity and now using the coronavirus as its opportunity. However, everything can’t be blamed on COVID-19, and putting profits over patients will only further compromise care. Legal liability is the last safety net to hold these facilities accountable. So, why is Senator Mitch McConnell drafting legislation to protect the nursing home industry from lawsuits?

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