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Bill would require nursing homes to post staffing levels

Connecticut nursing home residents and their families may soon have a better idea of how many staff members are on duty.

The Senate voted 31-4 on Wednesday to require each facility to calculate on a daily basis the number of nurses and aides providing direct care. That information would be posted in a conspicuous place at the beginning of each shift.

Democratic Sen. Saud Anwar, of South Windsor, says the legislation aims to make nursing home operations more transparent for residents and families.

Republican senators on Wednesday unsuccessfully tried to amend the bill, which now awaits action in the House of Representatives. One proposal would have provided a 1% rate increase to nursing homes, which are facing a potential strike. Democrats say that issue will ultimately be addressed in the budget.

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