Recently the Senate Finance Committee passed a health care reform bill that contains the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act, the Elder Justice Act, and the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act are all in the massive Finance Committee bill. The nursing home transparency and criminal background checks are also in the House health reform bill, HR 3200. However, the bill still must be passed, thus support is still needed. The nursing home transparency, elder justice and background checks must not be weakened by amendments. Therefore, contact your senator and show your support for the nursing home legislation. Tell them that you are an advocate in your state for those who receive nursing home care. To read more about the nursing home legislation, visit the NCCNHR webpage.