House to vote on nursing home arbitration bill

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The House Judiciary Committee Wednesday approved the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act, which would outlaw the signing of an arbitration agreement as a prerequisite to admission in a nursing home.

The committee's passage clears the way for the bill (H.R. 6126) to go to the House floor for a full House vote. The Senate version of the same bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Long-term care advocates oppose the legislation, arguing that arbitration agreements are helpful and allow them to devote limited Medicare and Medicaid resources to providing quality care instead of funding lengthy court trials.