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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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Trump pal stunned by president’s trainwreck interview with Axios: I cringed, I despaired and then I felt angry

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In an op-ed published at The Daily Mail this Tuesday, Piers Morgan gave his thoughts on President Trump's recent interview with Axios, saying it was a moment where the whole world could finally see the true character of Trump.

"For President Donald J. Trump, there have been many grim moments during his catastrophic handling of the coronavirus pandemic that may end up defining his presidency," Morgan wrote.

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Neighbors accuse Black woman of ‘driving down’ property values with Black Lives Matter sign

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A Black woman in New York said that she was accused of "driving down" property values because a sign supporting Black Lives Matter was displayed in the window of her home.

The story was shared by Twitter user @pivyak, who said the incident occurred in Oswego after her sister painted a sign in the home's front window. The sign reads, "Silence supports police violence."

In an anonymous letter, self-described "neighbors" complained that they could not sell their homes for the "best price" because of the sign.

"We believe you've made your point," the letter states. "As tensions rise in our city, home is the safe and quiet place we wanted to return to after being at work. We want to come home to a beautiful street where neighbors care and support one another."

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‘Worst pain I’ve ever felt’: Diner employees in shock after getting maced by angry anti-masker

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Three employees at a Missouri pizza diner got maced earlier this week by a customer who was angry that they were asked to wear a face mask as a precondition of being served.

Local news station KMOV reports that a group of maskless people went into the Incredible Pizza Company in South St. Louis County on Sunday, where they were asked to leave because of their refusal to wear masks.

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