OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Democratic legislators and advocates for nursing home residents said Wednesday that the state's nursing home oversight is dismal, and they criticized House Speaker T.W. Shannon for refusing to order a study on the issue.
Rep. Richard Morrissette cited a recent study by an advocacy group that gave Oklahoma an "F'' grade and ranked the state 48th in nursing home care. The report, released last week by Florida-based nonprofit Families for Better Care, ranked Oklahoma last among all states in the amount of professional nursing care the average resident gets each day, with less than 29 minutes.
"We're here again because the crimes of deficient nursing homes continue as always," said Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City. "I've held hearings on this broken and dysfunctional system, and I've passed legislation. But when special interests have their way, we fail to see progress."
Morrissette requested that a formal House interim study be held to address numerous concerns about nursing home oversight, but Shannon rejected the request.
Shannon, R-Lawton, was out of the state on Wednesday, but a spokesman said the speaker approved three of the five studies Morrissette requested.
"The speaker's office shares Rep. Morrissette's concerns for the least among us and for the lives of Oklahoma seniors," said Shannon spokesman Joe Griffin. "The speaker's office wishes Rep. Morrissette would have made his nursing home study known during the selection process instead of directly addressing the media well after the interim study deadline."
Morrissette said he planned to conduct an interim study on nursing homes anyway, without formal approval from the speaker.
If you owe under $729k you may qualify for 3.05% APR Govt Refi Plans.