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April 30, 1998     (512) 463-0300

SUBCOMMITTEE CONTINUES PUBLIC HEARING ON NURSING FACILITIES

AUSTIN - The Long-Term Care Legislative Oversight Committee's subcommittee on a Survey Regarding Nursing Facilities continued its public hearing at the state capitol on Thursday, April 30. The subcommittee is part of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, chaired by Senator Judith Zaffirini of Laredo, and includes Senator Jane Nelson of Flower Mound, Representative Eliott Naishtat, Representative Jim McReynolds, and public members Dr. Ken Kramer and Pat Karrh. The committee is responsible for ensuring the quality, efficiency, and high standards of care expected of Texas nursing facilities.

The committee heard invited testimony from several panels of nursing home residents and family members of residents who are directly affected by the conditions of nursing homes on a daily basis. Also testifying were advocates, operators, owners, and owner-operators of nursing facilities in the state.

The committee will gather its findings and present their report to the 76th Legislature when it convenes in January of next year.

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