In some states, legislators attempt to alleviate budget concerns for eldercare by repealing laws that provide for minimum standards of care for nursing home residents. In response to a recent $4 billion dollar budget cut, a state legislature now threatens to turn back the clock. The minimum nursing home standards law, enacted in 2001, responded to growing reports of nursing home abuse, untreated bed and pressure sores, and cases of nursing home neglect. The legislators claim that removing the minimum care standards will provide more flexibility for nursing home operators; however, the most likely result will be lower standards in nursing home care.
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