Our Seniors Shouldn’t Sacrifice their Rights to Protect Corporate Profits

Less than a year ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began requiring nursing homes that receive taxpayer funds to stop forcing residents to waive their legal rights when they sign admissions contracts. 

But the new leadership at CMS under Donald Trump is preparing to strip residents of this right. 

Sign the Petition to Congress: Tell CMS to Protect the Rights of Our Elderly Loved Ones

We, the undersigned, call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to uphold its prohibition on binding pre-dispute (“forced”) arbitration agreements in nursing homes and long-term care facility contracts as enacted by the “Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” (81 FR 68688; 42 CFR 483.70(n)) in 2016.

Admitting a loved one to a nursing home is an emotional, stressful, and confusing time for residents and their families, and they are unlikely to be able to fully appreciate the critical rights they are giving up by entering into binding pre-dispute arbitration. CMS must safeguard our most vulnerable population from having to sacrifice their consumer protections and patient rights in order to receive necessary medical care and treatment provided by nursing homes.