Bill Would Bar Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements
On Wednesday, Sens. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) introduced federal legislation that would prohibit nursing homes from requiring patients to sign an arbitration agreement as a term of service. Under arbitration agreements, nursing home residents and their families agree to settle disputes through a third-party arbiter and waive their right to sue.
- "Nursing Homes, in Bid To Cut Costs, Prod Patients To Forgo Lawsuits" (Koppel, Wall Street Journal, 4/11).