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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: May 7, 2020 02:29 PM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Require Nursing Homes to Disclose COVID-19 Cases to Family Members
 
Recently, it has come to my attention that some families with loved ones in a nursing home are unable to find out whether COVID-19 is present in the facility.

To remedy this, I will be introducing legislation requiring nursing homes to disclose the aggregate total number of COVID-19 cases that are present in the facility when this information is requested by a family member or individual who can make health care decisions on behalf of the nursing home resident. By limiting who can access this information, we strike an effective balance between patient privacy and information needed for health care decision-making.

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the senior population in nursing homes, we should be as transparent as possible with the families who have loved ones in those facilities. Please join me in ensuring families have access to this information by supporting this legislation.



Introduced as HB2534