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Lauwers co-sponsors bill to fund special investigator into nursing home policies

Related to Senate Bill 27 is legislation I co-sponsored last month that would fund a special investigator to look into the Whitmer administration’s COVID-19 nursing home policies.

Senate Bill 338 would designate funding for the purpose of investigating the nursing home policies implemented by the Whitmer administration as well as the data and all of the subdata beyond just total numbers of deaths, including the numbers of cases and deaths attributed to transferring patients to and from hospitals, and whether patients died in the hospital or the long-term care facility.

The administration’s executive orders put COVID-19-positive patients into the same facilities as our most vulnerable. Michigan was one of only five states to implement this dangerous policy.

The Whitmer administration ignored early warnings from health care experts, such as the Health Care Association of Michigan in early March 2020, and our seniors paid the price.

The families of nursing home residents deserve to know the truth about how this happened, why it was allowed to happen, and why the administration refuses to provide nursing home COVID-19 data. We need to fund a special investigator to get to the bottom of this and get answers for grieving families.

The one-time appropriation would designate $250,000 for a special investigator to be placed under the Michigan Legislative Council. Specifically, the investigator would be appointed to investigate the long-term care and residential care facility policies implemented by the governor and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the reported data on infection and transmission rates, tracking, tracing, and number of deaths associated with these facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SB 338 has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.