State Rep. Thomas Albert today supported a plan to rectify the governor’s fatal error that may have contributed to the COVID-related deaths of at least some of the nearly 2,000 nursing home residents who have died in Michigan.
Albert, of Lowell, said the mandate to put COVID-19 patients into long-term care facilities alongside uninfected residents was decided by the governor alone, without any legislative input. The governor has refused to end the policy, despite evidence that it could be putting thousands of more lives at risk.
“Nearly 2,000 COVID-19 related deaths in Michigan, or about a third overall, have been residents of nursing homes.” Albert said. “With all we know now it is insanity that Governor Whitmer continues to force nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients. This policy has very likely caused people to die and is most definitely putting our parents and grandparents at great risk.”
The plan requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Department (DHHS), along with the state department for Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, 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 Sept. 1 creating at least one dedicated regional facility within each of the state’s eight health regions for use as COVID-19 patient facilities.
Finally, Senate Bill 956, unlike the governor’s plan, 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 building where infected patients can be properly cared for while quarantined.
State Rep. Thomas Albert today led the Michigan House in approving a bipartisan plan to protect businesses, non-profit organizations, child care centers and other Michigan job providers from becoming the target of unwarranted lawsuits related to COVID-19.
Rep. Albert talks about his HB 6030, which establishes liability standards for claims alleging exposure to COVID-19 while precluding liability if conduct complies with orders and regulations. Rep. Albert says the goal of the plan is to weed out bad actors.
Rep. Albert talks about House passage Wednesday of his HB 6030, which establishes liability standards for claims alleging exposure to COVID-19 at Michigan businesses or organizations. The Representative says the plans protects small businesses and the people who work there,while making sure bad actors are held accountable.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: State Representatives Mark Huizenga, Lynn Afendoulis, Thomas Albert, Rachel Hood, and Joe Tate participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for a new Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The facility is part of a statewide plan to modernize long-term care for veterans in need and will include a total of 128 […]