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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 12, 2020 10:00 AM
From: Representative Doyle Heffley
To: All House members
Subject: COVID-19 testing requirements for nursing home admissions
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would prohibit the PA Department of Health from requiring nursing homes and other long term care facilities to admit COVID-19 patients.
Sadly, the coronavirus has severely impacted our senior population in Pennsylvania and that impact is clear from the data surrounding positive cases and deaths associated with long-term care facilities.  As of May 10, 2020, the PA Department of Health has reported that approximately 68% of all COVID-19-related deaths have occurred in the state’s long term care facilities.
To ensure the safety of our long term care residents in the Commonwealth, my legislation will require that a patient being discharged from a hospital must test negative for COVID-19 prior to admission into a long term care facility.

Introduced as HB2614