|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