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New bill package addresses issues with Michigan nursing homes


State lawmakers are out with new nursing home legislation a day after a task force delivered its own recommendations for the industry.

Nursing homes have been hard hit by COVID-19.

Democratic State Representative Leslie Love says the 10-bill package compliments much of the task force’s recommendations. The bills address a wide range of issues like increasing wages for care facility employees.

They also revise Michigan's regional Hub policy for nursing home patients with COVID-19.

She says the bill sponsors have commitments that the bills will receive legislative committee hearings this year.

“And so if we can move these bills through the process, hopefully we can get those done this year," said Love. "I’m optimistic about it.”

Residents in care facilities account for about a third of Michigan’s COVID-19 deaths.