senate Bill S8385

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires the commissioner of health to ensure all nursing home residents and staff receive COVID-19 testing

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May 21, 2020 referred to health


S8385 (ACTIVE) - Details

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S8385 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "New York Nursing Home Protection Act of 2020" which requires the commissioner of health to ensure all nursing home staff receives COVID-19 testing twice weekly and all residents shall receive such testing weekly; and the department of health shall provide sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for all staff and residents.

S8385 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8385 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 21, 2020

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT requiring the commissioner of health to ensure all  nursing  home
  residents  and  staff  receive COVID-19 testing; and providing for the
  repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof


  Section  1. This act shall be known and cited as the "New York Nursing
Home Protection Act of 2020".
  § 2. The commissioner of health shall create and implement  a  program
to ensure that all staff of nursing homes throughout the state are test-
ed  twice weekly for COVID-19. Residents shall be tested for COVID-19 on
a weekly basis.  The  department  of  health  shall  provide  sufficient
personal  protective  equipment  (PPE)  for  all staff and residents and
provide for the cost of the testing.
  § 3. For the purposes of this act, the following terms shall have  the
following meanings:
  (a)  "nursing home" shall mean a place to live where care is available
for people of all ages, including children,  who  need  twenty-four-hour
nursing  care  and  supervision  outside  of a hospital. Such care shall
include basic care and specialized services;
  (b) "nursing home resident" shall mean a person who resides in a nurs-
ing home; and
  (c) "nursing home staff" shall mean a person  who  is  employed  by  a
nursing home.
  § 4. Necessary funding to implement the program established in section
one  of  this  act  shall  come  from existing resources, federal funds,
private sources, and appropriations from the general fund.
  § 5. This  act  shall  take  effect  immediately;  provided  that  the
provisions  of  this  act  shall  expire and be deemed repealed upon the
expiration of the declared state of  emergency  relating  to  the  novel
coronavirus  (COVID-19);  and provided, further, that the superintendent
of financial services shall notify the legislative bill drafting commis-
sion upon the occurrence of the expiration of the state  disaster  emer-

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