State Representative Sarah Fowler-Arthur (R-Ashtabula) recently voted on the House Floor to support Substitute House Bill 120, which outlines criteria for compassionate care visitations in long-term care facilities under CMS guidance during any future epidemic, pandemic, and state of emergency.
HB 120 will work to greatly improve the quality of life for residents by returning the ability for them to connect with others, and remove uncertainty from facilities forced to cope with ever-changing guidance from the State Department of Health. Over these pandemic months, families, facilities, and residents have been forced to adapt to ever changing visitation requirements.
“Substitute House Bill 120 is a necessary piece of legislation that will ensure those in long term healthcare facilities are not deprived of the opportunity to have extremely valuable time with loved ones taken from them due to an event such as the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Fowler Arthur.
The Bill will now head to the Governor for his signature in the coming weeks.