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Tell Congress to Include Protections for Nursing Home Residents in the Build Back Better Act

We need your help!  Advocates for nursing home residents have been fighting tirelessly to include important protections for nursing home residents in the Build Back Better Act.  The House version of the bill currently includes five important provisions that would address staffing shortages, inadequate oversight and enforcement, accuracy in data submitted to the federal government by nursing homes, and increased scrutiny on how nursing homes spend billions of dollars in taxpayer money each year.  

However, the nursing home industry is lobbying hard to remove these provisions, particularly provisions requiring that facilities have a registered nurse on staff 24 hours per day and the requirement that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services conduct a study and promulgate regulations regarding a minimum staffing standard.  Despite ample evidence that inadequate staffing contributed to the over 186,000 deaths in long-term care facilities, the industry is pulling out all the stops to prevent these provisions from being implemented.  

Congress needs to hear from residents, families, and their advocates, who know how devastating continued inaction will be on nursing home residents.  The nursing home lobby is one of the most powerful in Washington, but we cannot let them drown out the voices of those who will suffer if these provisions are not passed.   

Please use the form below to tell your Members of Congress to protect our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and to place the safety and well-being of nursing home residents over the profits of the nursing home industry.
 
Contact your Members of Congress by Phone

Please also take a few minutes to call your Congress members’ district office.
  1. Find your Members of Congress contact information
  2. Introduce yourself “My name is _____. I am a constituent in __(your city and state)__.”
  3. Ask to speak to a legislative aide about the Build Back Better Act.  If they are busy, leave a message with your talking points.
  4. What to say:  As a constituent, I am urging ___(name of Congress member)___ to stand with nursing home residents and to support the nursing home provisions included in the House’s version of the Build Back Better Act.  These provisions will:
    • Require nursing homes to have a Registered Nurse on staff 24 hours per day;
    • Require a staffing study and the implementation of a minimum staffing standard;
    • Enhance oversight and enforcement in nursing homes;
    • Require increased scrutiny of data submitted to the federal government in nursing homes; and
    • Result in more accountability for how nursing homes spend the billions of dollars they receive each year in taxpayer funds.

Recipients

  • Your Senators
  • Your Representative

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Message

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent, I urge you to support the retention of key nursing home provisions included in the most recent version of the Build Back Better Act. The impact of COVID-19 on nursing home residents has been catastrophic. It is time to protect residents and improve their care by passing meaningful nursing home reforms!



By supporting the retention of these nursing home provisions in the Build Back Better Act, you will help address the long-standing issues in facilities that contributed to the tragedy of the pandemic and have been barriers to quality care. Please act now to save, protect, and improve the lives of nursing home residents.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]