Testifying on behalf of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, M&B Attorney Rebecca J. Benson voiced her support for several new provisions that would benefit residents, including expanded training requirements. However, she strongly opposed a new provision that would prohibit assisted living providers from accepting residents who need more than 90 days of skilled nursing care. She urged the EOEA to vigorously enforce existing protections for residents and fully utilize its authority to impose sanctions on substandard or uncertified operators. She also recommended that the EOEA be required to make its certification and complaint information readily available to the public so that consumers could make informed decisions about assisted living options.
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