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Consumer groups fight ‘shameful’ Trump admin effort to stop lawsuits by abused nursing home residents

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More than 75 consumer rights group have banded together to fight a Trump administration plan to strip residents of nursing homes that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding of their right to sue for abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and assault.

According to The Hill, the plan is intended to eliminate an Obama-era rule “that prohibited nursing homes that accept Medicare or Medicaid funds from including language in their resident contracts requiring that disputes be settled by a third party rather than a court.”

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Consumer rights groups say that the rule provides a critical protection for elderly residents of U.S. assisted living facilities. The law allows nursing home residents and their families to sue facilities that have allegedly committed neglect, abuse, sexual abuse or assault.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) announced in June that it is considering doing away with the rule.

Consumer rights groups have formed the Fair Arbitration Now (FAN) Coalition to fight the new administration’s attempt to strip away the right to take care facilities to court.

Remington Gregg — counsel for civil justice and consumer rights at Public Citizen — told The Hill that the rule change is “not only unnecessary, but shameful.”

According to Gregg, the rule change will give care facilities and their lawyers undue power to fend off complaints and allegations by elderly residents.

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“When you are trying to get someone in a nursing home, often time it’s stressful or an emotional time. Often times loved ones can’t take care of themselves, so for a nursing home to say in order to get in you have to waive your right is shameful,” said Gregg.

“We’re talking about everything you may have a problem with – abuse, neglect, sexual assault, a wide variety of things – they are now saying you are waiving your right to full justice,” he said.

The pro-business American Health Care Association (AHCA) and companies who own nursing homes have fought in court to strike down the Obama administration rule, arguing that the rule violates the Federal Arbitration Act.

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The groups are joined by right-wing business group The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has fought the Obama-era rule since its inception.

The AARP — which is one of the groups united under FAN — released a statement slamming the proposed rule change that said, in part, ““To the extent that CMS may be relying on the authority to promulgate regulations ‘to promote the effective and efficient use of public moneys’ the regulations still need to be for the benefit of Medicare and Medicaid nursing facility residents and not to their detriment.”

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The question and answer period on the legislative change ends Monday.


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These 7 details from the damning Sharpiegate report show it was a dark omen of Trump’s destructive potential

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While it was dismissed by some as an overhyped media obsession, the presidential scandal that has come to be known as "Sharpiegate" was, in fact, an early warning sign of the truly catastrophic potential of Donald Trump.

The story arose out of Hurricane Dorian, which began its deliberate march up toward the East Coast of the United States in late August and early September of 2019. It ravaged the Bahamas, and officials feared the damage it could inflict stateside. But then came a Trump tweet on Sept. 1, and later comments to reporters, in which he warned that Alabama was in the storm's path. He said it was among the states "most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated."

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Florida governor finally releases the true numbers of people hospitalized with coronavirus

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally caved in to pressure to release the actual numbers of coronavirus cases in the state's hospitals.

Until Friday, DeSantis had refused to reveal the true numbers, leaving many in the state unaware of just how bad the cases were. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a whopping 7,000 Floridians are in hospitals hoping they survive the virus.

"The data, which for the first time breaks down the number of people in the hospital with coronavirus, was promised by the state two weeks ago," the report explained.

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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace asks why Bill Barr is trying to ‘erase Robert Mueller’s investigation’ before November

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace returned to television Friday night to address what she called outright corruption in the Trump White House after another example of the president trying to escape the consequences of the law.

Wallace began by calling Attorney General William Barr nothing more than Trump's "bouncer."

"He has been intellectually overestimated from day one. He is not a mastermind of anything," said Wallace. "He is Donald Trump's body man."

She cited "well-sourced spin" coming from the White House Friday evening, because there were people that she said were "enlisted" with trying to talk Trump out of commuting Roger Stone's sentence. She anticipated that Barr and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone may huff and puff about the act, but that they won't quit over it. "And we should remember their names forever. They are all accomplices in the greatest corruption of one of the most sacred powers."

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