Tom Harkin

Bill could gut scheduling

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A Congressional proposal to provide low-wage hourly employees with more stability and workplace protections could hit nursing homes.

Harkin: Divert funds from SNF settings

Harkin: Divert funds from SNF settings

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Medicaid funds would more easily flow toward people wanting home- and community-based services — and away from nursing homes — under a new bill unveiled by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA).

Bill would affect pay, scheduling for some nursing home housekeeping staff

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Nursing homes could face more stringent scheduling requirements for housekeeping workers and might be on the hook to compensate them for last-minute shift changes under a bill proposed in both houses of Congress.

Huge number of young, disabled nursing home residents shows poor follow-through on Olmstead: Senate report

Huge number of young, disabled nursing home residents shows poor follow-through on Olmstead: Senate report

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Nearly a quarter of a million working-age residents remain "unfairly segregated" in nursing homes because states are not providing the community living support called for by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a Senate report.

Proposed law could raise labor costs for long-term care operators

Proposed law could raise labor costs for long-term care operators

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Many a provider broke out in cold sweats when the Family and Medical Leave Act was cobbled together two decades ago.

GAO: Elderly, disabled voters still confront access problems

GAO: Elderly, disabled voters still confront access problems

The Department of Justice should do more to ensure that elderly and disabled individuals have voting access, a recently released report found.