United States Senators Mel Martinez (R-FL) and Herb Kohl (D-WI) presented a bill which is intended to protect the rights of residents of nursing homes, Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act. Increasingly, nursing homes require patients to sign a document stating that they will agree to arbitration to solve any disputes with the nursing home upon entering a nursing home. This closes a patient’s options to take other legal actions in cases of abuse or neglect. Senator Kohl said, “Nursing home residents, one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations, must not lose their right to hold nursing homes accountable in the event of abuse or neglect.”
The bill does not prevent arbitration but ensures that “arbitration is voluntary and not coerced.” If the bill passes, nursing home residents will no longer have to sign away their rights in handling disputes prior to entering into a nursing home facility.
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