2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Emergency Power Plan for Assisted Living Facilities (language only)

Item 345 #1h

Item 345 #1h

Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 311, after line 50, insert:
"H.  The Department of Social Services shall convene a task force comprised of representatives from the Department of Emergency Services, the Virginia Health Department, Virginia Dominion Power, the  Virginia Assisted Living Association, the Virginia Health Care Association, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare 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 residents of assisted living 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 Social Services to convene a group to examine solutions to ensuring the health and safety of assisted living facilities residents 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.)