AAJ HAS UPDATED ITS PRIVACY POLICY AND USES COOKIES ON THIS SITE. To acknowledge and accept AAJ’s privacy policy with the use of cookies, please select OK, I Accept.

Review AAJ's Privacy Policy
Navy watercolor gradient that gets light from left to right.
Close Alert
Registration is open!

2022 Annual Convention

July 16-19 | Seattle, WA

Build powerful connections and stay ahead of the curve.

Register Today
Press Center

Press Release

Trump Administration Strips Nursing Home Residents of Their Rights

Final Rule Allows Nursing Homes to Force Vulnerable Americans into Arbitration

July 16,2019

Washington, DCThe following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen on the final rule released from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services greenlighting forced arbitration agreements in long-term care facility admission forms:

“When a family makes the difficult decision to admit a loved one into a long-term care facility, they are likely confronting a medical crisis and in urgent need of residential care. Today’s rule puts corporate profits ahead of accountability and safety by allowing nursing homes, the majority of which are owned by for-profit corporations, to force residents and their families into arbitration when they are at their most vulnerable.

“These clauses make the shadowy process of private arbitration the only recourse; even when a loved one is sexually assaulted, is seriously injured or dies. Forced arbitration shields nursing home corporations from the judgment of a jury and allows wrongdoing in nursing homes to continue without scrutiny, leaving our seniors defenseless against abuse.

“Congress must address this issue to protect America’s most vulnerable citizens by restoring their constitutional rights.”

CONTACT
Carly Moore Sfregola
Phone: 202-684-9609