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Failing care: Nursing home problems persist despite reforms
The nursing home industry is a powerful lobbyist group — both in Washington and Pennsylvania — that has spent millions to influence favorable government policy.
In 2015 alone, the American Health Care Association spent more than $3.7 million in lobbying activity.
And in the commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Health Care Association and its subsidiaries have donated more than $500,000 to state and national campaigns since 1998.
Source: FollowTheMoney.org and OpenSecrets.org
Skilled nursing care for elderly Americans has been studied for decades in an effort to improve quality and educate the public.
The Government Accountability Office, for example, has examined nursing home quality and safety issues since 1998. Numerous congressional hearings have been held. And Congress has passed…
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