New York Lawmakers Push for Change in Nursing Homes After Covid-19 Deaths

ALBANY, N.Y.—State lawmakers this week called for additional hearings and advanced legislation tied to coronavirus-related deaths in New York’s nursing homes as new data on the scope of the problem was released.

The issue has gained traction with both Republicans and Democrats, who say they were upset that the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, refused for months to release data on how many nursing-home residents died after being taken to hospitals. The information is needed to update state policies to ensure greater outcomes, they said.

Republicans have long seized on the issue, but redoubled their calls for change after a Jan. 28 report by state Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, found the state’s nursing-home death toll missed thousands of people.

Mr. Cuomo has said the criticisms are political and that his nursing-home policies conformed to federal guidelines. The state was always clear that its nursing-home death count didn’t include people who died in hospitals, the governor has said.

“Everyone did the best they could,” Mr. Cuomo said a day after the report was released. “Look, whether a person died in a hospital or died in a nursing home—people died.”

Source: WSJ – US News

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