Bill Summary for H 351 (2021-2022)
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AN ACT DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO ESTABLISH VISITATION PROTOCOLS FOR NURSING HOMES, COMBINATION HOMES, AND ADULT CARE HOMES, INCLUDING FAMILY CARE HOMES, DURING DECLARED DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES AND REQUIRING THESE FACILITIES TO ADHERE TO THE ESTABLISHED VISITATION PROTOCOLS DURING DECLARED DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIES WHEN NORMAL VISITATION POLICIES ARE SUSPENDED OR CURTAILED.Intro. by Dixon, Lambeth, White, Moss.
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Senate amendment to the 6th edition makes the following changes.
Changes the effective dates of the act's provisions as follows. Makes the following sections of the act effective April 1, 2022: Section 1 (citing the act as Clifford's Law; was, effective April 1, 2022); Section 2(a) (enacting GS 131E-112.5 and GS 131E-112.6, directing the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS Secretary) to establish visitation protocols for residents of nursing homes and combination homes that will become effective during a disaster declaration or emergency that results in the suspension or curtailment of the facility's normal visitation policy for any reason; was, effective on the date the act becomes law); and Section 3(a) (enacting GS 131D-7.1 and GS 131D-7.2 as substantively identical provisions regarding adult care homes, including a family care home, as those enacted in GS 131E-112.5 and GS 131E-112.6 concerning licensed nursing homes and combination homes; was, effective on the date the act becomes law). Makes the remainder of the act, regarding implementation and reporting of the visitation protocols by the DHHS Secretary, effective on the date the act becomes law (was, April 1, 2022).