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The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing on nursing home resident abuse and neglect on March 6, 2019. The Senate Finance Committee did not invite a single consumer advocate to testify before the Committee, although a nursing home industry representative did participate in the hearing. As a result, the Center for Medicare Advocacy (Center) joined other consumer advocacy organizations to submit a statement for the record. Our statement begins with an overview of recommendations for improving nursing home quality of care, including reversing the roll back of resident rights and protections, as well as implementing higher staffing standards. The statement concludes by responding to false or misleading points made some of the witnesses, including countering the notion that a higher Medicaid reimbursement is necessary for improving resident care.

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