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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 344         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 297

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Thomas M. McGee

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to reserving beds in nursing homes for residents during certain leaves of absence..

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Kenneth J. Donnelly

Fourth Middlesex

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 344        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 297

By Mr. McGee, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 297) of Thomas M. McGee, William N. Brownsberger, Martha M. Walz, Paul Brodeur and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to reserving beds in nursing homes for residents during certain leaves of absence.  Elder Affairs. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to reserving beds in nursing homes for residents during certain leaves of absence..
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Section 14A of chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following paragraphs: In the event that a nursing facility resident who is a MassHealth recipient enters a hospital, the division shall pay to preserve his or her bed in the nursing facility for a period of up to and including 10 calendar days per year. The division shall reimburse the nursing facility for the medical leave of absence, which shall include an observation stay in a hospital in excess of twenty-four hours, at the recipients pre-absence rate during the medical leave and upon the residents return. In the event that a nursing facility resident who is a MassHealth recipient leaves the nursing facility for non-medical reasons, the division shall pay to preserve his or her bed in the facility for a period of up to and including 15 calendar days per year. The division shall reimburse the nursing facility for the non-medical leave of absence at the recipients pre-absence rate during the non-medical leave and upon the residents return.

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