AMAC has been working with the minority (Republican) members on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to get answers from the governors of New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California regarding their decision to force nursing homes to admit COVID-19 contagious patients who were discharged from hospitals. A tragic number of seniors in these states may have perished due to these decisions, and AMAC members sent over 4500 emails to these governors demanding accountability for their mandates.
Now, the United States Department of Justice has announced their request for COVID-19 data from governors in four of these states: New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is evaluating whether to initiate investigations under the federal “Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act” (CRIPA), which protects the civil rights of persons in state-run nursing homes.
“Protecting the rights of some of society’s most vulnerable members, including elderly nursing home residents, is one of our country’s most important obligations,” said Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband. “We must ensure they are adequately cared for with dignity and respect and not unnecessarily put at risk.”
AMAC is continuing the fight to protect susceptible seniors and we will provide updates as they become available.
Andrew Mangione is Senior Vice President for AMAC’s advocacy affiliate, AMAC Action. He leads AMAC’s grassroots efforts, represents AMAC’s membership in Washington, D.C., and helps chart the association’s policy course. He also serves as a national spokesperson.