Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cherry Valley’s Kathleen Taylor

In a letter published in The Oneonta Daily Star, Kathleen Taylor has pointed out: “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, just proposed new regulations governing long-term care facilities’ obligations to their clients.
“Another day, another Washington regulation, you think?  Think again.  This one hits home.
“These regulations mean people harmed by nursing homes and long-term care facilities will be forbidden from turning to the courts for remedies and justice.  When your loved one gets mistreatment at a long-term care facility, your hands will be tied. 
“Under the Trump administration, CMS is pushing for pre-dispute arbitration clauses binding residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.  CMS is prettying it up with language like ‘transparency’ and ‘supporting residents’ rights to informed decisions,’ but the impact is clear: facilities will be protected from liability, and the most vulnerable Americans — whose care is paid for by Medicare and Medicaid — will be harmed.
“Seventy-five percent of nursing home income comes from payments made by Medicaid and Medicare.  An ever-increasing number of nursing homes (currently 60 percent) are owned by for-profit groups.  Hedge funds and Wall Street groups see long-term care facilities as a quick way to turn a profit.  It’s far easier to make money when you aren’t held financially accountable for harm done on your watch.

“We know how important it is to keep our long-term care facilities safe for all.  Please urge your political representatives in D.C. to stand up to the president and his efforts to turn Medicare and Medicaid funding over to profiteers.”


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