Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, Wednesday voted in favor of bipartisan legislation to overturn Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fatal policy of forcing nursing homes to accept the placement of COVID-19 patients into long-term care facilities alongside uninfected residents. More than 1,947 nursing home residents have died of COVID since the pandemic began.
Senate Bill 956, which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 74 to 34, protects nursing home residents by prohibiting the placement of individuals with COVID-19 in any long-term care facility unless it has a separate dedicated area where affected patients can be properly quarantined and cared for.
“Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in Lansing have concluded, as have governors of both parties in other states, that our governor’s reckless policy has directly contributed to the large number of nursing home deaths Michigan families have suffered from COVID-19,” Glenn said. “Our grandparents, parents, friends, and neighbors have been put at great risk because of this dangerous policy, and legislators both Democratic and Republican are taking action to stop it.”
The legislative plan requires the state’s Health and Human Services Department (DHHS) along with the state Department for Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to complete an evaluation and report of the current policies regarding COVID-19 patients and nursing homes by Aug. 15.
Additionally, the legislation requires DHHS to develop and implement a new plan by September 1st creating at least one dedicated regional facility within each of the state’s eight health regions for use as COVID-19 patient facilities.
“Our loved ones who reside in long-term care facilities need us to stand up for them right now,” Glenn said. “The destructive impact COVID-19 has had on our elderly population, especially those living in nursing homes, has been heart-breaking. It’s past time for a change.”