Nursing home residents “set up” to die in pandemic

Source: Jillian S. Ambroz, Salon

Long-term care facilities are a major driver of COVID-19 deaths in the country. But seniors at long-term care facilities and their families have little legal recourse when it comes to fighting for better conditions.

Trump stripped seniors of those protections his first year in office. He rescinded a rule President Barack Obama put in place in 2016 which would have prevented corporate-run facilities from receiving federal funding if residents were forced into arbitration after suffering harm in their care. That rule also would have prevented facilities from making arbitration agreements a condition of admission or continued care.

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