Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Senator Mensch Bill

HARRISBURG – Today, the Senate Aging & Youth Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 1279 sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24).

Senate Bill 1279 would allow long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, to designate at least one essential family caregiver per resident. “This issue is certainly up there with the most common thing I hear about from constituents,” Mensch said. “Families across the Commonwealth are fed up with the current COVID-19 restrictions preventing them from visiting their loved ones, even when they can follow all of the health guidelines, and I don’t blame them.”

An essential family caregiver, or EFC, would be an individual 18 years or older who, before visitor restrictions, was regularly engaged with the resident at least once a week. This individual would be designated by the facility in consultation with the resident and their family. They would have to comply with facility safety guidelines and would be permitted to visit and provide care for their loved ones.

“I’m pleased that my Senate colleagues have given my bill the first stamp of approval,” Mensch expressed. “We continue to work on getting important issues passed and look forward to a productive end of the session for all Pennsylvanians.”

This bill will now go to the full Senate for consideration.

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