Assisted living updates approved

Lawmakers passed a bill April 11 intended to improve the services provided by Nebraska assisted living facilities.

<a href='http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist27' target='_blank' title='Link to the website of Sen. Anna Wishart'>Sen. Anna Wishart</a>
Sen. Anna Wishart

LB439, sponsored by Lincoln Sen. Anna Wishart, permits an assisted living facility nurse to provide nursing care to residents on a part-time, intermittent basis. Such care is defined as less than 10 hours each week for each resident, with a predictable end time within a 21-day period.

The bill also requires assisted living facilities to disclose in writing if brief nursing care is available in their facility and updates a variety of definitions.

Any expenses resulting from the bill will be paid from the Nebraska Health Care Cash Fund for fiscal year 2018-19 and FY2019-20.

LB439 passed on a vote of 47-0.

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