The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care issues a Policy Leadership Award to a public official who has provided exemplary leadership in advancing quality of care and quality of life for residents receiving long-term care. This year’s recipient is U.S. Representative Janice D Schakowsky of Illinois. During her six terms in the Unites States House of Representatives, Representative Schakowsky has been a strong advocate for the quality long-term care and resident’s rights. In 2000, Ms. Schakowsky introduced the first bill to require nursing homes to meet the NCCNHR minimum staffing standards. Also, during the past two years, she has helped craft and include in the House health care reform legislation the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act. This is the most comprehensive nursing home improvement bill since the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. She hopes to ensure that the Elder Justice Act and the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act were included in health care reform in 2009. Levin & Perconti are proud to have a Representative that is such a wonderful advocate for nursing home rights. To read more about the Illinois senator, please click the link.