More than 7,100 residents and staff in New Jersey’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19 - nearly half of all coronavirus related deaths in the state. Yet many measures to protect residents and staff are still not in place. This is a tragedy.

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, the NJ Legislature passed three long-term care reform bills to help protect residents and staff at nursing homes and long-term care facilities, stem the loss of life and keep families connected. Tell Governor Murphy: Enact these three long-term care reform bills now!


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Enact Long-Term Care Reform Legislation to Protect Nursing Home Residents and Staff

Dear [Decision Maker],

It is a tragedy that more than 7,100 residents and staff in New Jersey nursing homes and long-term care facilities have died due to COVID-19.

Thank you for your leadership and the work of you and your staff to address the COVID-19 health crisis and the immediate needs of our most fragile residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Thank you for also recognizing and prioritizing the need to establish mechanisms to address the systemic problems in New Jersey's long-term care facilities. But more action is needed.

To support and expand these efforts we urge you to enact the following legislation:

1. A4652/S2712 (Jimenez, Johnson, Mejia/Stack, Diegnan, Vitale) - Establishes minimum direct care staff-to-resident ratios in New Jersey nursing homes.

2. A4007/S2785 (Vainieri Huttle, McKnight, Murphy/Gopal) - Requires DOH to implement and oversee Isolation Prevention Project in long-term care facilities during public emergencies.

3. A4479/S2788 (Vainieri Huttle, Greenwald, Jasey/Ruiz) - Establishes a program to provide one-time, lump-sum payments to long-term care staff who provided a certain volume of direct care services to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please, act now to save lives and stop this tragedy.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]