I have written before, briefly, on the redux edition of The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act.  It is an unnecessary, unwieldy piece of legistlation that 1) tries to solve a problem that is not really a problem; 2) does so in such a way that is both at the same time damaging to residents’ financial interests and de-limiting of the protectioncs already in place; as well as 3) adds expense without value to the end consumer.  

Attorney T. Andrew Graham has commented on this blog before w/r/t these issues, and has both command and clarity in discussing Arbitration in Nursing Home contracts.  So, I wanted to point to an excellent column he has written for McKnight’s.  Its longish, but summarizes the political, legistlative and judicial aspects of The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2009 (S. 512) very, very well.  

Hopefully, this legislation will be defeated, as it was last term when it was brought before Congress, but I would highly recommend familarizing oneself with the arguments by reading Attorney Graham’s piece.

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April 3, 2009

Life Services Network of Illinois has recently sent its members this spot of good news:

The Illinois Senate voted 58-0 and the House voted 115-1 on Thursday to approve House Bill 210, an appropriations bill that includes $678 million to significantly reduce the state’s Medicaid backlog.  

Of course, everyone here in Illinois is very excited by this prospect.  One requirement for receiving money from the Federal Stimulus Package (some 2.9B for Medicaid alone) is a pay-down of debts outstanding.  The backlog must be significantly reduced, in actual ledger, by June 1, 2009. 

The bill now goes to the governor for signing.