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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Support New Laws Improving Protections for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

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In representing the interests of their constituents, Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove supported and voted for bipartisan legislative initiatives that have been enacted to increase protections for residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

In representing the interests of their constituents, Sen. Christopher Connors, Asm. Brian Rumpf, and Asw. DiAnne Gove supported and voted for bipartisan legislative initiatives that have been enacted to increase protections for residents and staff of long-term care facilities. (SenateNJ.com)

The following legislation has been signed into law:

A-4481: Establishes the New Jersey Task Force on Long-Term Care Quality and Safety, which will be tasked with developing recommendations to make changes to the long-term system of care to drive improvements in person-centered care, resident and staff safety, improvements in quality of care and services, workforce engagement and sustainability, and any other appropriate aspects of the long-term system of care in New Jersey as the task force elects to review.

A-4476: Establishes the Long-Term Care Emergency Operations Center (LTCEOC) in the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH), which will serve as the centralized command and resource center for LTC facility response efforts and communications during any declared public health emergencies affecting or likely to affect one or more LTC facilities. The LTCEOC is to enhance and integrate with existing emergency response systems.

A-4547: Makes a one-time $62.3 million appropriation from the general fund to the Department of Human Services (DHS) for a temporary 10 percent Medicaid rate increase for nursing homes for increased certified nurse aide (CNA) wages and other COVID costs including enhanced infection control measures, cleaning, personal protective equipment (PPE), testing or other staff wages.

S-2785: Provides for each long-term care facility in the State, as a condition of State licensure, to adopt and implement written policies, and have appropriate technology, staff, and other capabilities in place, to prevent the social isolation of facility residents at all times during operation. It will be required that the social isolation prevention policies adopted by each long-term care facility to authorize, and include specific protocols and procedures to enable, residents of the facility to engage in in-person contact, communications, and religious and recreational activities with other facility residents, family members, friends, and other external support systems, except when such in-person contact, communication, or activities are prohibited, restricted, or limited, as permitted by federal and State statute, rule, or regulation.

With regards to their support for the legislation listed above, the 9th District delegation made the following remarks:

“Without question, our state has an obligation to ensure that the residents of long-term care facilities are provided the highest level of care to maintain their quality of life, while also allowing for family members to play an active role in their lives.

“Accordingly, our delegation has supported and voted for several legislative initiatives that passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support prior to being signed into law. These new laws will more effectively protect residents living in long-term care facilities as well as the dedicated professionals who care for them.

“We are confident that the Task Force on Long-Term Care Quality and Safety will allow the state to develop and implement more effective policies that build upon those newly established under law to the benefit our most vulnerable citizens.”

Assemblyman Rumpf serves on the Assembly Health Committee and Assemblywoman Gove serves on the Assembly Aging and Senior Services Committee.

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