Draft Nursing Home Bill Drawing Criticism

JANUARY 27, 2005 - Posted at 8:05 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A nursing home bill being drafted is drawing attention from opponents who say it's intended to cut down on the number of suits filed against the elder care facilities.  Backers say the measure would bolster the Medicaid program.

Nancy Allison, president of Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents, says the bill would have the effect of limiting damages in lawsuits against nursing homes.

The bill would have Medicaid be reimbursed from lawsuit awards for all payments that had been made for the patient.

Randy Wyatt, executive director of the Arkansas Health Care Association, says the bill won't diminish the number of lawsuits.

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