Ruthie's Law

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It’s been more than two years since Erie County passed Ruthie’s Law, yet none of the nursing homes that have failed to comply during that time have been penalized.

 

On Thursday, the Erie County Legislature finally got to directly ask the county’s Department of Senior Services why that is.

 


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Republicans in the Erie County Legislature want answers about Ruthie’s Law.

The Republican minority caucus sent a letter to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday, demanding he explain why nursing homes aren’t following the law and what his administration is doing to enforce it.

 

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Ruthie’s Law was meant to hold nursing homes more accountable. Proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and passed by the county Legislature just a few months later, it mandates facilities report abuse-related incidents to the county twice a year, as well as submit proof they’re disclosing their ratings to prospective clients.

 

Now, more than two years after it was signed into law, it’s difficult to say what, if any, impact it’s had.


A local law designed to better protect nursing home residents passed unanimously in the Erie County Legislature on Thursday.

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It was a small, but emotional audience that turned out Tuesday evening for a public hearing on Ruthie's Law, the proposed Erie County regulation of nursing homes prompted by the beating death of Ruth Murray by another patient in a Buffalo nursing home.

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Erie County legislators are lining up in support of a proposed law intended to protect senior citizens living in assisted care homes. The Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee discussed the proposal, known as "Ruthie's Law."


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Erie County Executive Poloncarz says the county is in pretty good shape, although potential federal cuts could hit hard at a variety of local programs. His State of the County speech in the Burchfield Penney Art Center was aggressive.

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A local law to better protect seniors in nursing homes is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.