Reed: House Ways And Means Committee To Look Into Nursing Home Deaths

June 19, 2020

From Congressman Tom Reed:

Today, Rep. Tom Reed thanked Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Lloyd Doggett for scheduling a hearing on Thursday, June 25th, to examine states’ failed nursing home policies and review what recommendations can be implemented moving forward to protect our nation’s grandparents.
In a recent letter, Reed called for a detailed investigation into New York and other states’ deadly decisions, noting:
“As the Committee charged with overseeing Medicare and our nation’s nursing homes, it is critical we investigate how this was allowed to happen, with particular focus on best practices moving forward…the Subcommittee should examine what went wrong in New York so that others might learn from these mistakes and prevent avoidable deaths as this COVID19 crisis continues.”
Reed continued, “As public health officials and epidemiologists warn of a potential second wave, we must ensure that our states and nursing homes are better prepared to deal with this threat and keep our seniors safe…By bringing in industry and public health experts, we can, as a Subcommittee, help save lives by highlighting the best practices that need to be implemented by nursing homes across the country.”

Reed’s full letter to the committee can be found here.

More details on the Health subcommittee hearing can be found here.