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California Nursing Homes Might Not Get Legal Immunity During Pandemic


Despite months of pressure from the senior care home industry, it appears that neither Gov. Gavin Newsom nor state lawmakers will shield facilities from most lawsuits related to the coronavirus.

“This governor has shown a tremendous amount of empathy for the elderly here,” said Lea-Ann Tratten, political director for the Consumer Attorneys of California, which opposes giving immunity to the facilities.

In an April letter, hospitals, along with nursing homes and assisted living communities, asked Newsom for protection from lawsuits and criminal prosecution for decisions made during the COVID-19 crisis.

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