2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Herring
Emergency Plan for Power Loss in Nursing Facilities

Item 294 #3h

Item 294 #3h

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Health And Human Resources
Health, Department of FY2013 $0 FY2014 $25,000 GF

Page 253, line 15, strike "$14,125,886" and insert "$14,150,886".
Page 254, after line 3, insert:
"F.  The Department of Health shall convene a task force comprised of representatives from the Department of Emergency Services, Virginia Dominion Power, the Virginia Health Care Association, the Virginia Municipal League, the Virginia Association of Counties, other representatives of the health care industry as appropriate,  and other executive branch agencies as needed to examine how best to ensure the health and safety of patients in nursing facilities in the event of power loss due to severe weather events.  The department shall develop a plan to address the issue, in consultation with the task force and provide a report on the plan to the General Assembly by October 1, 2013."

(This amendment adds language to require the Department of Health to convene a group to examine solutions to ensuring the health and safety of nursing home patients when facilities lose power in severe weather events. Recent severe weather resulted in extended power loss in nursing homes making it difficult for them to provide the necessary heating and cooling for facility residents. The department is required to develop a plan to address this and provide a report on the plan by October 1, 2013.)