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Senate sends nursing home bill to Malloy

Sen. Gayle Slossberg (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)
Sen. Gayle Slossberg (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)

HARTFORD, Conn. –The Senate gave final passage Monday to a bill that was high up on the largest healthcare union’s wish list.

The bill passed the Senate 24-11 and it requires any business that does more than $50,000 of business with one of the 154 for-profit nursing homes in the state to share their profit and loss statement with the state. The information would be available under the state’s Freedom of Information laws. Three Republicans, Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney and Sens. John Kissel and Kevin Witkos joined Democrats in voting in favor of the bill.

Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, said it’s a way to ensure the state’s money is being spent wisely and “nursing home residents are protected.”

The state provides about $1.6 billion of taxpayer fund to nursing homes.

“We have an interest, as a state that’s providing so much funding to these nursing homes, to be able to assess the real financial condition of all the interrelated businesses,” Deborah Chernoff, public policy director for SEIU District 1199, said in testimony to the legislature.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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