senate Bill S1621

2021-2022 Legislative Session

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

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Health Committee

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Jan 14, 2021 referred to health


S1621 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:

S1621 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "New York Nursing Home Protection Act of 2021" 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.

S1621 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1621 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             January 14, 2021
 Introduced  by Sens. SANDERS, RITCHIE -- 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 may be cited as the "New York
 Nursing Home Protection Act of 2021".
   § 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
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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