Fine print buried in nursing home admissions contracts is depriving nursing
home residents and their families of their constitutional rights. During the
incredibly stressful nursing home admissions process, many nursing home
corporations push residents and their families into signing away their right to go
to court — even in instances when residents suffer severe neglect, serious
injuries, death or sexual and physical abuse.
Forced arbitration clauses are unfair terms that block seniors from accessing the court system. Instead, they
are pushed into private, biased arbitration forums where decisions are often made by the industry’s
handpicked arbitration firms where there are no appeals, no accountability and no transparency. The Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid, is
currently considering ending forced arbitration for nursing homes that receive public funding (nearly all).
Let’s send a strong message to CMS and urge the agency to prioritize the rights of seniors over corporate
interest. Add your name right now. Tell CMS: America’s seniors should not have to sacrifice their rights to
protect corporate profits.